Germany: Train station closed in Cologne after suspected hostage situation

Larry Hoffman
October 15, 2018

"We have made contact with the attacker", he said, adding that police were trying to clarify "what does this man want, what are his demands, and is he armed?"

The woman was treated at the scene for "light" injuries, police said.

But shortly afterwards police commandos stormed the pharmacy with stun grenades.

The police spokeswoman said police were unaware of any shots having been fired.

The man had taken a woman hostage for two hours before he was injured during the police operation Monday afternoon. The suspect sustained life-threatening injuries. Police officer Christoph Schulte told The Associated Press that the incident appeared to have started Monday at 12:45 p.m.

Cologne train station, one of the biggest in the country, was evacuated and cordoned off. Police urged locals to avoid the area and warned of likely disruptions to train services.

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

German railroad operator Deutsche Bahn said that all train traffic was shut down.

Mr Gilles said specially trained officers were talking to the hostage taker, who had not been identified.

"Police measures are continuing", Cologne police wrote on Twitter just after the special unit assaulted the shop.

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