German hostage-taker gives up after 9hrs

2012-12-22 14:19
Members of a police special unit arrive at a Berlin bank to deal with a hostage situation. (Michael Gottschalk, dapd, AP)

Members of a police special unit arrive at a Berlin bank to deal with a hostage situation. (Michael Gottschalk, dapd, AP)

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Berlin - Police say a hostage taker at a German bank has freed the employee he was holding and turned himself in after a nine-hour standoff with police.

Berlin police said on Saturday officials convinced the man, who had apparently sought to rob the bank on Friday evening, to free the 40-year-old employee and turn himself in.

Nobody was injured.

Police had deployed several hundred officers to the scene of the Deutsche Bank branch in Berlin's Zehlendorf neighbourhood, which was cordoned off in a wide perimeter.

The hostage taker, whose identity was not released, had asked for money and safe passage.

Local media reported he threatened using a bomb to blow up the bank.

Police declined to comment on those reports.

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