21-year-old triggers false school shooting alarm over Snapchat video

Leipzig. A young man triggered a police operation in Leipzig with a video uploaded to social networks. Luckily it was just a false alarm.

© dpa An amok alarm triggered a SEK operation in Leipzig on Thursday morning.

After the SEK operation on Thursday morning because of possible rampage plans in Leipzig, the police gave the all-clear. The video, which a man uploaded to the Snapchat social network and which attracted attention as a possible rampage announcement, was created as part of a school project, according to the police. There was no danger, said the Leipzig police department.

The police had been warned by American authorities that the 21-year-old had uploaded a video to the social network Snapchat that indicated a possible act of violence at a school. Forces of the special task force and the Leipzig police department then stormed the apartment of the 21-year-old. The man was initially arrested but has since been released.

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The investigations have now revealed that the video showed part of a project at a Leipzig school that was carried out without a teacher. It showed, among other things, a person with a gun in his hand in a classroom. When they searched their apartment, the emergency services found an airsoft gun, which was also shown in the video. The police are investigating the man for disturbing the public peace.

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