KARLSRUHE - A gunman killed four hostages in southwestern Germany on Wednesday before presumably shooting himself while resisting eviction from his apartment building, police said.
Police said they found five dead bodies in the apartment in the city of Karlsruhe after storming it when they smelled something burning, about three hours after the hostage-taking began.
Authorities initially spoke of three or four dead but said they discovered the body of a fifth victim, a woman, presumed to be the owner of the flat, during a search, a spokesman said.
Two of the others included a bailiff and a locksmith. Two further bodies have yet
to be identified but are
thought to include the hostage-taker who police earlier said was heavily armed.