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German police suspect hostage has been taken in Cologne

15 October 2018

At least two shots were fired when police stormed the pharmacy.

Local media say the incident does not appear to have been terror-related.

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Police quoted by the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger daily said a couple were involved, and a man had argued with a woman in a McDonald's restaurant, before holding her in a pharmacy at the station.

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

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

German railroad operator Deutsche Bahn said that all train traffic was shut down.

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Police say officers have contact with the man and that trained hostage negotiators are working on the case.

"Police measures are continuing", Cologne police wrote on Twitter just after 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) after commandos had stormed the shop.

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Police forces stand at the Cologne, western Germany, main station Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, after they have closed parts of the station because of a hostage situation. No details have emerged yet about the hostage-taker or any potential motive.

German police suspect hostage has been taken in Cologne