German police free hostage, injure suspect in train station

Police are urging people to stay away from Cologne's main train station

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

Several heavily armed officers from a special response unit were seen immediately afterwards running across the Breslauer Platz square, on the opposite side of the tracks from the city's famous twin-spired cathedral.

There are unconfirmed reports that some shots were fired.

Cologne train station has been cleared of passengers with local police reporting a hostage situation underway nearby.

Authorities have since said the situation is "under control" and the teenage women taken hostage is receiving medical treatment for light injuries.

Cologne's central station itself is a major interchange for trains across Germany and Western Europe.

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Extra police have been deployed to the scene. Police have sealed off the premises and trains have been cancelled.

The hostage-taker also suffered injuries, a police spokesperson said, adding that the man's motives were not yet known.

German railroad operator Deutsche Bahn said all train traffic at the station was shut down.

Police could not confirm eye-witness reports that shots and explosions were heard.

Police on Twitter told people to avoid the station.

Police stormed the pharmacy and captured the hostage-taker.

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