Four people are reportedly killed after a seige in the German town of Karlsruhe.
“We believe that the kidnapper and the hostages are dead” a police spokesman told Reuters.
Police Special Forces discovered the bodies when they stormed an apartment after they noticed a burning smell coming from the premises.
A man has taken hostages after court bailiffs went there to clear the property of its occupants.
A bailiff, locksmith and several other people were reportedly among the hostages.
Police shut down a large part of the city around the apartment building after shots were fired.
Witnesses reportedly described the hostage taker a violent man and a hunter in possession of several weapons.
Karlsruhe is a city of 300,000 and the seat of Germany’s Supreme Court.Around 70 % of its residents rent their homes.