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Germany: Police not ruling out 'terror' motive in Cologne hostage situation04:06

Germany: Police not ruling out 'terror' motive in Cologne hostage situation

Germany, Cologne
October 15, 2018 at 23:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

German police are not ruling out a possible "terror" attack, officials announced at a press conference in Berlin on Monday, following a hostage situation in the main train station in the city of Cologne.

According to police, the incident started at 12:42 pm local time (10:42 GMT) when the suspect threw a Molotov cocktail into the station's McDonald's restaurant, leaving one person, a 14-year-old girl, with injuries.

Officials said the suspect then fled to the station pharmacy and took a woman hostage. During a two-hour stand-off, the assailant allegedly made several demands, including safe passage and the release of a Tunisian woman from prison.

When the suspect reportedly threatened to set light to the hostage, police took action and stormed the station. During the rescue operation, the suspect was shot and was hospitalised in a critical condition. The woman who was held hostage sustained light injuries, officials said.

The residence permit of a 55-year-old Syrian was reportedly found at the scene. However, officials noted that at the moment they cannot say "with absolute certainty" whether the document belongs to the perpetrator.

They also noted that the owner of the residence card was known to police for offences including theft and fraud, but not "in the context of Islamist terrorism."

Germany: Police not ruling out 'terror' motive in Cologne hostage situation04:06
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German police are not ruling out a possible "terror" attack, officials announced at a press conference in Berlin on Monday, following a hostage situation in the main train station in the city of Cologne.

According to police, the incident started at 12:42 pm local time (10:42 GMT) when the suspect threw a Molotov cocktail into the station's McDonald's restaurant, leaving one person, a 14-year-old girl, with injuries.

Officials said the suspect then fled to the station pharmacy and took a woman hostage. During a two-hour stand-off, the assailant allegedly made several demands, including safe passage and the release of a Tunisian woman from prison.

When the suspect reportedly threatened to set light to the hostage, police took action and stormed the station. During the rescue operation, the suspect was shot and was hospitalised in a critical condition. The woman who was held hostage sustained light injuries, officials said.

The residence permit of a 55-year-old Syrian was reportedly found at the scene. However, officials noted that at the moment they cannot say "with absolute certainty" whether the document belongs to the perpetrator.

They also noted that the owner of the residence card was known to police for offences including theft and fraud, but not "in the context of Islamist terrorism."

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