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Woman in hospital after armed suspect attacks a school in Germany

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By Euronews
Police and emergency forces stand near a school in Bremerhaven, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Police and emergency forces stand near a school in Bremerhaven, Germany, Thursday, May 19, 2022.   -   Copyright  Credit: AP

One woman has been hospitalised after an attacker opened fire at a school in Germany, say police.

It happened in Bremerhaven -- 90 kilometres west of Hamburg in the country's northwest -- on Thursday morning.

Police say they have made one arrest, a 21-year-old armed suspect.

The extent of the woman's injuries is unclear at this stage. 

"The students are in their classrooms with their teachers," said police in a statement. "The police have the situation on site under control. Police measures are continuing."

Police were reportedly alerted by a student at the Lloyd Lloyd Gymnasium secondary school after she heard gunshots.

“The armed person was detained and is in police custody,” police said in a statement.

“The weapon used by the suspect is the subject of a police investigation,” police added. “We cannot currently confirm that there is a second suspect.”

In January, a student was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting in a lecture hall at the southwestern university of Heidelberg.