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German police rescue woman held hostage in Cologne railway station

German police rescue woman held hostage in Cologne railway station

A male suspect sustained life-threatening injuries in the incident.

DW's Dana Regev, who was on the ground, said Cologne's crisis negotiation unit had taken over part of the operation before police stormed the pharmacy.

He had first hurled a Molotov cocktail inside a McDonald's restaurant, injuring a teenage girl, then taken another woman hostage in an adjacent pharmacy.

"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.

Police said they could not yet positively identify the hostage-taker, who was undergoing surgery, but believed he was a 55-year-old Syrian immigrant.

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Eyewitnesses said the teenager had been in a cafe close to the pharmacy immediately before the hostage-taking.

The hostage situation began at 12.45pm and police closed the railway station and Breslauer Platz square behind the station.

German railroad operator Deutsche Bahn tweeted that some of the station's tracks were shut down temporarily.

Police could not confirm eye-witness reports that shots and explosions were heard. DW's Dana Regev reported that two shots had been fired inside the station. Police said the situation was considered "under control" and there was no immediate suspicion of a link to terrorism.

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