Cologne ‘hostage situation’: German police swoop on train station

A woman has been taken hostage at the main train station in the German city of Cologne, police said on Monday.

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.

Heavily armed police currently surround the station, which has been evacuated and closed off to the public.

Waiting game: Police forces  wait by one of the entrances to the main train station in Cologne following reports of a woman being taken hostage

Waiting game: Police forces  wait by one of the entrances to the main train station in Cologne following reports of a woman being taken hostage

Waiting game: Police forces  wait by one of the entrances to the main train station in Cologne following reports of a woman being taken hostage

Police officer Christoph Schulte told Associated Press that the incident appears to have started at 12.45pm inside the station. 

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

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. 

The female hostage is being held 'ether at McDonald's or at a nearby pharmacy' at the main train station in Cologne, a police spokesperson said

The female hostage is being held 'ether at McDonald's or at a nearby pharmacy' at the main train station in Cologne, a police spokesperson said

The female hostage is being held ‘ether at McDonald’s or at a nearby pharmacy’ at the main train station in Cologne, a police spokesperson said

Local media reported shots being fired inside the station, something which a police spokesperson later denied. 

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

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