Circus clans clash in Germany

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A dust-up between two warring circus clans in the southern German city of Regensburg left six people wounded, police said Tuesday, after confiscating guns and other weapons from the performers.

Police said in a statement that it was unclear what sparked the melee late Monday between the two families, who were each camped on the eastern fringe of the Bavarian city.

Neighbours reported hearing shots and police arrived to find a 48-year-old with a bullet wound in his leg and another five people between the ages of 17 and 55 with minor to moderate injuries.

Each of the families claimed three victims.

"It is still a complete mystery what led to the massive run-in between the two families from the circus scene," police said in a statement.

Authorities seized three guns, several knives and batons as well as banned implements such as knuckledusters.

© 2011 AFP

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