German police free hostage at Cologne train station

German police free hostage at Cologne train station

German police free hostage at Cologne train station

The hostage sustained light injuries and was taken care of.

Shockingly, the paper also reports unconfirmed claims that the attacker attempted to set his hostage, a woman, on fire.

The police spokeswoman said police were unaware of any shots having been fired. Police said there was no immediate suspicion of a link to terrorism.

Authorities ordered an evacuation of the station, which is a main hub for rail traffic across Germany and western Europe.

The square and other areas surrounding the station were subsequently the scene of demonstrations against, and in favour of mass migration in response to the crimes.

Before police stormed the pharmacy, the entire train station, one of the biggest in Germany, was evacuated. "We're doing everything to get the hostage out of there unharmed", police spokesman Christoph Gilles said initially.

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Police released a statement a couple hours later saying a single suspect had been taken into custody.

Police didn't give details about the hostage-taker's identity or motive.

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 commandos were deployed and the busy railway station was closed off to all passengers and trains.

She was freed when police stormed the shop.

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