German schools go into lockdown and are surrounded by armed police following warning of mass shootings

Terrified teachers and students were barricaded in classrooms as several schools in Germany were placed on lockdown due to threats of a mass shooting.

Several schools in the cities of Leipzig and Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt were sent chilling emails this morning, warning of shootings.

Police officers were then quickly dispatched to the schools while the teachers and children were ordered to stay inside.

At one of the schools, the Reclam High School in Leipzig, officers armed with guns and wearing bullet proof vests were pictured outside.

Germany is on high terror alert after a wave of attacks over the summer including a mass shooting at a shopping mall in Munich.