Hostage held at Cologne main train station

Police officers stand in positions in the Central Station in Cologne western Germany

Police officers stand in positions in the Central Station in Cologne western Germany

Following a hours-long standoff, German police have finally apprehended an assailant who took hostage a woman near Cologne central station.

'We have indications that one man is holding one woman, but we haven't been able to really get close, ' Schulte said.

Around the time of the incident, a teenage girl was taken from the train station to the hospital with injuries, police spokesman Christoph Schulte said. It was not immediately clear how he was injured.

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A police spokeswoman said special forces had been called to the scene.

German magazine Focus had earlier reported that several shots appeared to have been fired at Cologne's main train station.

"We need to find out what he wants, what his demands are and whether he carries a weapon", he said, adding that police were not aware of the man's motive. It later said the female hostage was freed but received minor injuries.

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Police confirmed that there is a possible hostage scenario at a pharmacy located inside the station building.

There were no immediate details on who was taken hostage or how many people were involved. Police have cordoned off the entire area while Deutsche Bahn, Germany's largest railway company, has partially suspended trains passing by the Cologne station.

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