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Gunman killed after Estonian ministry shooting

A man fired shots and set off a smoke bomb at the defence ministry in Estonia's capital Tallinn and then was killed as police moved in, officials said on Thursday.

world Updated: Aug 12, 2011 02:44 IST
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A man fired shots and set off a smoke bomb at the defence ministry in Estonia's capital Tallinn and then was killed as police moved in, officials said on Thursday.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement that a man with a gun broke into the defence ministry building in the centre of Tallinn.

He threw a smoke bomb at the building and took two hostages who managed to get away.

Police surrounded the building and then detained the man.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutors office said that the suspect then shot himself. A defence ministry spokesman said the man was shot dead during the police operation.