German police suspect hostage has been taken in Cologne

Aaron Brown
October 16, 2018

The suspect sustained life-threatening injuries.

DW's Dana Regev, who was on the ground, said Cologne's crisis negotiation unit had taken over part of the operation before police stormed the pharmacy.

An armed man has taken a woman hostage at a chemist's there, a police spokesman says.

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

The square behind the station was closed.

Police Special forces are seen at the hostage-taking at the main railway station in Cologne, western Germany, on October 15, 2018.

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

'We have indications that one man is holding one woman, but we haven't been able to really get close, ' Schulte said.

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

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

Police could not confirm eye-witness reports that shots and explosions were heard. Ambulances and heavily-armed police were lined up behind the train station, the daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger reported.

Police said they found a passport issued to a 55-year-old Syrian man at the scene, and that the suspect had claimed to be a member of the Islamic State militant group.

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