A suspected terrorist attack has just taken place in Europe with an unknown gunman reported to have injured several civilians at a public place.
A masked man with a gun and ammunition belt opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, injuring between 20 and 50 people and barricaded himself inside, German media reported on Thursday.

Bild daily and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that elite police were on their way to the scene.

The Darmstaedter Echo said 20 to 50 people had been injured. CNN reports that the attacker has been killed and efforts are being made to unravelled his identity as well as establish his motivation.

Police were not immediately available to comment. Details are still sketchy as security operatives are on ground to monitor the situation.

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