(London Daily Mail) A siege has ended in Germany with a hostage taker and four of his captives dead after an attempted eviction morphed into a bloodbath.

The armed gunman, 53, murdered a bailiff, 47, a locksmith, 33, and the prospective new tenant of the flat, 45, in the south-western city of Karlsruhe with shots to the head before taking his own life.

The bailiff had two bullets in his thigh before he was finished off.

The victims were tied up and ‘executed’, according to the local prosecutor. ‘This was a planned act and we are dealing with four cold blooded murders,’ he added.

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