UPDATE: Hostage freed at German station, man detained

2018-10-15 14:25

Cologne police on Monday closed parts of the western German city's main train station after a man took a woman hostage in a pharmacy inside.

German police say they've freed a woman who had been taken hostage in Cologne's main train station and have her captor in custody.

Police officer Christoph Schulte told The Associated Press that incident appears to have started Monday at 12:45. He said parts of the station, one of the biggest in the country, were closed off as well as Breslauer Platz square behind the station.

Schulte said that officers have stormed the pharmacy where the man was holding a woman and that he was suffering from unspecified injuries. It wasn't clear how the injuries were sustained.

German railroad operator Deutsche Bahn tweeted that some of the station's tracks were shut down temporarily and trains were being cancelled or delayed.

Police on Twitter told people to avoid the train station. Local media reported that people were told via a loudspeaker to leave the station. Ambulances and heavily-armed police were lined up behind the train station, the daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger reported.

According to the police, investigators are current

According to the police, investigators are currently witnessing evidences that an armed man entered a pharmacy in the Cologne's central station and took hostages. (Oliver Berg, DPA, AFP)

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