Hostage-taker at Germany train station in critical condition

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BERLIN - Here's the latest on hostage situation at Cologne train station (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Cologne police say on Twitter that a hostage-taker has suffered life-threatening injuries when police stormed a pharmacy inside the city’s train station.

The man had taken a woman hostage for two hours before he was injured during the police operation Monday afternoon. Emergency personnel were trying to revive him with CPR. It wasn’t immediately clear how he sustained the injuries. Police said only that he was injured during the police operation to free the woman.

The hostage was also slightly injured and treated on the scene.

3:15 p.m.

German police say they’ve freed a woman who had been taken hostage in Cologne’s main train station and have her captor in custody.

Police spokesman Christoph Schulte said that officers have stormed the pharmacy where the man was holding a woman and that he was suffering from unspecified injuries. It wasn’t clear how the injuries were sustained. 

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


(Original Story)

German police have made contact with a man who took a woman hostage Monday inside Cologne's main train station and are trying to win her release.

Police said the incident started Monday at 12:45 p.m. (1045 GMT). 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 are in contact with the man," police spokesman Christoph Gilles told broadcaster n-tv.

"We need to find out what he wants, what his demands are and whether he carries a weapon," he said, adding that police weren't aware of the man's motive.

Gilles said specially-trained officers were talking to the hostage taker, who hadn't been identified.

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

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

Ambulances and heavily-armed police were lined up in wait behind the train station.

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