Several people have been killed and wounded in a shooting attack on a shopping centre in Munich, German police told the AP news agency, adding that the perpetrators were still on the run.

A major police operation was under way on Friday around the Olympia shopping centre in the southern city, police said, urging Munich residents to stay off the streets. 

"At 17.50 local time, reports came in about a shooting near Hanauer Street, which then progressed to Ries Street and the Olympia shopping mall," police said in a statement on Facebook

The statement added that witnesses had reported three different shooters. 

Police asked that no photographs or videos of their operations to be posted online, while Munich transport authorities said they had halted several bus, train and tram lines.

There was no information about the possible motives of the attack.

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"At 17.50 local time, reports came in about a shooting near Hanauer Street, which then progressed to Ries Street and the Olympia shopping mall," police said in a statement on Facebook.

The statement added that witnesses had reported three different shooters. 

Police asked that no photographs or videos of their operations to be posted online, while Munich transport authorities said they had halted several bus, train and tram lines.

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There are reports of further shooting at Karlsplatz square in central Munich, but this has not been confirmed by police. Taxi drivers have been advised to avoid the Karlsplatz area.

Another shooting reportedly occurred at Isartor square, close to the city center, according to some Twitter posts.

Police are aware of the reports about other shootings in the city, they said in a Twitter post, adding that the situation is still unclear and urging people to avoid public places and not to travel by subway or train.

Police believe there are "several" shooters, Die Welt reports.

There are at least three shooters in the Munich incident, the Bavarian interior minister said, as reported by Bild.

There was no information about the possible motives of the attack.

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Special police forces were deployed at the scene [Matthias Balk/EPA]

A wide area around the shopping centre was closed off and special forces arrived at the scene.

In a post on Twitter, German police said "several" people had been injured.

German media also cited local police sources saying that several people were killed in the incident.

An official at the shopping centre declined to comment, telling the Reuters news agency only, "We are experiencing a problem".

In response to the attack, Facebook activated its safety feature, allowing Munich residents and visitors to let their friends know they were unharmed.

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