Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Cologne: Hostage Taken, Shots Fired at German Railway Station

Germany Police rescue woman held hostage in Cologne Hostage taker seriously injured during police operation inside Cologne Central Station hostage sustained light injuries
Andrew Cummings | 15 October, 2018, 20:13

Eyewitnesses said around 6:45 a.m. ET a man entered a pharmacy at Breslauer Platz, near the backside of the train station, and reportedly took one person hostage.

There are unconfirmed reports that some shots were fired.

Police set up a webpage where members of the public could upload pictures and video related to the incident, while their own investigations were "at full pitch".

Police tweeted that the hostage was slightly injured and was now being treated.

Authorities ordered an evacuation of the station, which is a main hub for rail traffic across Germany and western Europe.

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The square and other areas surrounding the station were subsequently the scene of demonstrations against, and in favour of mass migration in response to the crimes.

"We are in contact with the man", police spokesman Christoph Gilles told broadcaster n-tv.

COLOGNE, GERMANY - OCTOBER 15: Police stand outside Cologne main railway station on October 15, 2018 in Cologne, Germany. "The suspect is under control", Cologne police said. "A female hostage has sustained light injuries and is being tended to".

Police didn't give details about the hostage-taker's identity or motive. Police would not speculate on whether the hostage situation was terror-related.

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