German train station shut down after woman taken hostage

German train station shut down after woman taken hostage

German train station shut down after woman taken hostage

Authorities said the perpetrator has sustained life-threatening injuries.

Police spokesman Christoph Schulte said that officers have stormed the pharmacy where the man was holding a woman and that he was suffering from unspecified injuries.

Police refused to speculate whether the incident was terror related, said DW's David Martin.

Cologne's main railway station is being evacuated because of a hostage-taking emergency, German police say.

A man on Monday took a woman hostage at a pharmacy in Cologne's central railway station.

The square behind the station was closed. Police said only that he was injured during the police operation to free the woman.

There was a full evacuation of the station, one of Germany's biggest transport hubs.

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

No information as to the suspect's identity or motive was provided by police.

Two explosions were heard in the area during the hostage rescue not long after elite counter-terrorism team (SEK) rushed to the pharmacy building, NTV broadcaster reported.

Ambulances and heavily-armed police were lined up in wait behind the train station.

Deutsche Bahn, who operates the railroad, tweeted that trains in the station are delayed and the station is blocked.

It is not yet known if the hostage-taker is armed, but are in contact with him.

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