Heavily armed police search for boy, 13, after several shots fired at school

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Numerous shots have been heard at a school in Hamburg, Germany, according to reports.

According to BILD, a 13-year-old boy fired several shots with a pistol and bullet casings were found around Quellmoor school in the Neugraben-Fischbek district in the southwest of the northern port city.

Numerous police patrol cars, several ambulances and heavily armed special forces raced to the school after the 9:45am incident, BILD reported.

A drone was used by the police to secure the building and to search for the suspected teen shooter.

Hamburg Police tweeted: "At around 09:45 a suspicious person and gunshot noises were reported to us in #Neugraben (Quellmoor area).

"So far there is no evidence of a specific danger. We continue to review the notice.

"There is a major police operation."

In February, police searched a school after it was reported that an armed youth may have entered the building, Otto-Hahn-School in Hamburg's Jenfeld district, a secondary all-day school.

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Germany has strict laws which require gun-holders to fulfil criteria on age and weapons expertise to obtain a firearms license.

In 2009, a 17-year-old killed 15 people in the southern town of Winnenden near Stuttgart in a shooting spree that started at his former school.

The country's worst school shooting was in April 2002, when a gunman killed 17 people, including himself, at a high school in the eastern city of Erfurt.

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