German police free hostage, injure suspect in train station

German police free hostage, injure suspect in train station

German police free hostage, injure suspect in train station

The woman was treated at the scene for "light" injuries, police said.

She was freed when police stormed the shop.

"Eye-witnesses reported hearing shots, others spoke of smoke bombs, but we can not confirm any of that so far", a police spokesman told news channel NTV.

Police tweeted that the hostage was slightly injured and was now being treated.

RPT police said a hostage was taken at Breslauer Platz, a major square near the busy train station.

A woman has been taken hostage in the German city of Cologne, German police said. "We're doing everything to get the hostage out of there unharmed", police spokesman Christoph Gilles said initially.

Police have cordoned off the entire area while Deutsche Bahn, Germany's largest railway company, has partially suspended trains passing by the Cologne station.

It is not yet known if the hostage-taker is armed, but are in contact with him.

Police used Twitter earlier on Monday to warn people to avoid the station as ambulances and heavily-armed police lined up behind the train station, the daily Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger reported. "The suspect is under control", Cologne police said.

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.

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