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18th of November 2018

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German train station locked down after man takes hostage

BERLIN (AP) — German police said Monday they’ve freed a woman who had been taken hostage in Cologne’s main train station and have her captor in custody.

Cologne police said 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. 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.

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.

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

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