Hostage situation underway at Cologne train station in Germany

by Garry Watts October 16, 2018, 4:36
Hostage situation underway at Cologne train station in Germany

A male suspect sustained life-threatening injuries in the incident. The hostage was also slightly injured and treated on the scene.

"The investigation is considering all possibilities and we are not ruling out terrorism", said Cologne deputy police chief Miriam Brauns at a news conference. The area in and around the station - a major transport hub - has been cordoned off.

Police say officers have contact with the man and that trained hostage negotiators are working on the case.

"We're doing everything to get the hostage out of there unharmed", Gilles said.

Before police stormed the pharmacy, the entire train station, one of the biggest in Germany, was evacuated.

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"The suspect is taken under control", Cologne police tweeted on Monday, but added the operation was still ongoing by the time the message was released.

Reports speak of at least one explosion during the incident.

Deutsche Bahn, Germany's main train operator, said the station would be closed until further notice and all traffic, including long-distance connections, had been suspended. Ambulances and heavily-armed police were lined up behind the train station, the daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger reported.

Police stormed the pharmacy and captured the hostage-taker. Police would not speculate on whether the hostage situation was terror-related.

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