Cologne police: Hostage incident at train station

Germany: 'Hostage situation' at Cologne train station

One of Germany's largest train stations was evacuated and locked down Monday after a man took a woman hostage inside a pharmacy at the transportation hub, police said.

"We have made contact with the attacker", he said, adding that police were trying to clarify "what does this man want, what are his demands, and is he armed?"

Cologne police say they believe the man holding the woman hostage at a pharmacy inside the station is working alone, but have been unable to confirm this.

Photos taken at the scene show heavily armed officers at the station. No details have emerged yet about the hostage-taker or any potential motive. 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.

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"We're doing everything to get the hostage out of there unharmed", Gilles said.

They also appealed to locals to avoid the area and warned of likely disruptions to train services. Local media reported that people were told via a loudspeaker to leave the station.

German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports shots have been fired at the station, although it is unclear by who.

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