Stupor across the Rhine. Two German police officers were shot dead on Monday, January 31, during a roadside check, announced the German police, who said they had launched, in the south-west of the country, a vast search operation for the murderers on the run. The two officers, a man and a woman, were shot dead during a routine check on a road near the town of Kusel. The police said they did not know the killers’ motives and urged motorists not to pick up hitchhikers.
Search operations have been extended to the neighboring regional state of Saarland, not far from the French border, police said on Twitter. “No description of the perpetrators or the vehicle used for the escape has been established,” said Kaiserslautern police, who also said they did not know in which direction the killers fled.
According to the website of the daily Bild, the police officers, aged 24 and 29, sent a radio message shortly before being killed indicating that they had stopped a suspicious vehicle carrying dead game in the trunk.