Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Cologne station shut down in 'hostage situation'

Cologne station shut down in 'hostage situation'

The suspect underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries, including gunshot wounds.

Cologne train station has been cleared of passengers with local police reporting a hostage situation underway nearby. The hostage was also slightly injured and treated on the scene.

Before getting into the pharmacy, the man lit a Molotov cocktail inside a restaurant at the station, Cologne police said.

Authorities ordered an evacuation of the station, which is a main hub for rail traffic across Germany and western Europe.

German police said Monday they ended a hostage-taking in a pharmacy in Cologne's main train station, gravely wounding the alleged perpetrator after he himself injured two people. Police believed the hostage-taker is armed. The entire station, one of the biggest in the country, was evacuated and closed off as well as Breslauer Platz square behind the station.

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

Reports speak of at least one explosion during the incident.

Deutsche Bahn, who operates the railroad, tweeted that trains in the station are delayed and the station is blocked.

The attacker had to be resuscitated and was in intensive care for "extremely serious" injuries sustained when officers stormed the shop, they added.

She was freed when police stormed the shop.

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