Germany railway station at centre of hostage drama

Marsha Scott
October 16, 2018

The suspect, who was badly wounded when police stormed the scene, had claimed to be a member of the Islamic State jihadist group, another police spokesman said.

"Witnesses told us that the attacker said he belonged to the Islamic State group as he was entering the restaurant, but we can not confirm this", Cologne Police Marshal Klaus Rueschenschmidt said during a news conference. Two other people were injured and the attacker was badly wounded with multiple shots.

The hostage situation broke out earlier in the day near the main railway station in Cologne.

An eyewitness told journalists how she heard screams and saw "a girl running for her life" with flames spreading up her leg, before she was helped by bystanders.

There were no immediate details on who was taken hostage or how many people were involved.

Police stormed the pharmacy and captured the hostage-taker. They also didn't reveal the hostage's identity.

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"Special response units overpowered the man". Police said there was no immediate suspicion of a link to terrorism.

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.

The man identified in the document was known to police for previous offences including theft and illegal drugs possession.

The woman was released and was taken to hospital.

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

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