Eight people have been killed in shootings in Germany, with police now on the search for the shooters.

Police have blocked streets in the city of Hanau, about 20km east of Frankfurt, following a series of two shootings.

A local broadcaster is reporting that an attack took place in a hookah lounge in the city’s centre, with witnesses reporting hearing eight or nine gunshots.

Another hookah lounge was reportedly then targeted following the first attack.