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In pictures: Germany shootings

A police officer walks past bullet holes in a window at Albertville school in Winnenden, Germany

Police in Germany are investigating the scene of a school shooting in the town of Winnenden which left at least 15 people dead.

Ambulances at the school in Winnenden, Germany

An armed attacker, wearing black combat clothing and a mask, entered the Albertville secondary school at about 0930 (0830 GMT) and fired randomly at students.

A covered body in Winnenden, Germany

At least nine students died in the school and several more were injured, while others jumped out of windows to escape the violence.

Police enter the school in Winnenden, Germany

The attacker then ran away towards the town centre and the police launched a massive search of the surrounding area.

Police evacuate students from the school in Winnenden, Germany

Those students still inside the building were led out by their teachers and police before the building was sealed off for investigations.

Relatives of students wait outside Albertville school in Winnenden.

Concerned relatives and local people gathered at the scene to try to find out what had happened.

The suspect's home in Winnenden, Germany

Local media reported that police raided the suspect's parents' home and recovered 16 weapons believed to be legally owned by his father.

The broken window of a police car in Wendlingen, Germany

Police denied early reports that they had captured a suspect, and later confirmed the attacker had shot himself dead after being injured in a shoot-out in the nearby town of Wendlingen.

Medical teams outside the school in Winnenden, Germany

He had fled in a hijacked car, kidnapping one person and killing a passer-by, before being cornered by police in a car showroom.

Tim Kretschmer receiving a table tennis trophy

The gunman has been named locally as Tim Kretschmer, a 17-year-old former student of the school.

A man places a candle at the scene of the shooting in Winnenden, Germany

Officials said he had been an ordinary boy who got good marks in school. They gave no motive for the attack.

Flowers left at the scene of the school shooting in Winnenden, Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the shooting as "incomprehensible".

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