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Tuesday, November 9, 1999 Published at 22:32 GMT

World: Europe

Gunman dead after killing seven

Shootings followed a failed marriage proposal

A gunman suspected of shooting dead seven people in the north German town of Bielefeld has himself been found dead police said..

The discovery came after a manhunt tracked his car down to Tuebingen in southern Germany, about five hours away.

Police said the man died after apparently shooting himself in the head.

The BBC's Rob Broomby: "A major manhunt has begun"
The man, believed to be Turkish, is thought to have shot three men and four women, also thought to be Turkish, after one of the men turned down turned down his proposal to marry his daughter.

Police called to a flat in the town centre late on Tuesday found the bodies of three women and three men. The seventh victim, a 17-year-old girl, died in hospital shortly afterwards.

Police have ruled out a racist motive.

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