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ALERT: Hostage operation in #Cologne

German police asked to avoid the area of the central railroad station in the city of #Cologne, Germany. At present there is a perimeter  in the surrounding streets, and the passengers are evacuated. Witnesses report hearing some shots. Police also call for following their advice transmitted via different media, including Twitter.

German media is moving closer to the spot to report from proximity of the Central Station. However at present the pieces of information are contradictory.

AMENDED: According to German sources a person/persons (?) has been taken hostage at a drug store in the building of the station. There is massive police presence, reported by locals.

AMENDED: Special crisis negotiation team arrived to the spot of ongoing  hostage operation.

AMENDED: Media reports there is one woman taken hostage in the pharmacy in the Station building. Specialized police team has began the negotiations over her liberation.

AMENDED: Police operation is over according  to DW reporter. The attacker shot and taken to hospital, the hostage is assisted at spot.

22:30 AMENDED: Terrorist motives are not ruled out by the authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia after security forces shot and subdued a 55-year-old Syrian man who threw a Molotov cocktail at a McDonald’s and took a woman hostage. The local police said the assailant had claimed allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS.

The perpetrator, who is in intensive underwent surgery, has been captured at the central train station in Cologne after failed negotiations, they added. A special forces unit threw stun grenades at him when the order was given and the hostage was slightly injured, alongside two other people, according to the official report. The final act took place at a pharmacy next to the restaurant inside the building. The attacker held a pistol, the police said, but failed to ascertain whether it was real or a replica.

Officials revealed they found a passport issued to him that contained a residency permit. The suspect had prior offenses, namely theft and the possession of narcotics, they claimed and said he demanded the release of a “Tunisian woman.”

Liège attack: two policemen shot dead

According to the Liège (Belgium) police, a man shot two policemen and took a cleaning woman as a hostage at Waha High School, located in the heart of the vibrant and busy city.

It was in the morning hours, around 10:30 on Tuesday (29/05) when gunshots were heard in the city center of Liège. According to  information local media obtained from the police, the alleged perpetrator shouted “Allahu akbar!“. The attacker shot two police officers and took a cleaning woman hostage at Waha High School, located in the busiest part of the city. As follows the rapid reaction of police the attacker was neutralised.

II. 12:45

According to preliminary reports, a man fired this morning on two policemen near the Cafe des Augustins, in the street of the same name in the city center of Liege. The two officers died, and a third, a member of the Anti-Banditry Squad (PAB), was reportedly injured during contact with the suspect.
A civilian, present in his car at the time of the events, also died.

Afterwards the attacker rushed to Waha High School, where he took a cleaning woman hostage. A rapid police intervention allowed to neutralize the culprit on the 6th floor of the school according to the RTBF news channel.

The Liège police will organize a press conference in the coming hours. Currently, there is still a large security perimeter organized around the premises. The police and rescue forces are massively present at the spot. A helicopter still flies over the scene.

The children of Waha High School are well and are safe under police protection and are supported by the PMS services. The burgomaster of Liège, Willy Demeyer, went to the scene and is in contact with the chief of police corps. The federal crisis center is following the situation, tweeted the Minister of the Interior, Jan Jambon, who said that his thoughts are with the victims of this “horrible act”.

Belgium King, Prime minister, and the other officials are in Liège.