Reports of attack on German school ‘a false alarm’ – officials
Local broadcaster Radio Hellweg earlier reported that students at the Hönne-Berufskolleg vocational school were told to lock themselves in their classrooms. A police helicopter was seen circling above.
Images from the area show armed response units searching the school.
Pupils and teachers were evacuated from the school while police searched the premises after an alarm was raised, reported Bild.
Officials from Menden have since tweeted that the incident was the result of a false alarm.
We can confirm that this was a false alarm. Thx to all police and medical forces! #Menden— BezReg Arnsberg (@BezRegArnsberg) 22 February 2017
AP reported that police spokesman Marcel Dilling told German station N-TV earlier that no attacker was spotted and no injuries reported, but that “nothing can be ruled out at this stage''.