German police call for evidence after train station hostage-taking

Cologne - German police on Tuesday called on the public to submit photos and video footage of a hostage-taking at a pharmacy in Cologne's main train station by a suspected Islamist a day earlier.

In a Twitter post, police provided a web portal allowing members of the public to upload potentially pertinent evidence, adding that investigations into the incident were "running at full speed."
Also on Twitter, rail operator Deutsche Bahn said that train travel to and from the station was once again running as normal.
The hostage-taker - armed with camping gas cartridges and fire accelerants - was shot when police moved in on the pharmacy where he was holding a woman hostage.
The incident began around midday when the assailant lit a Molotov cocktail in a fast food restaurant in the station, injuring a 14-year-old girl. One other person was injured in the restaurant and a third person suffered shock.
The assailant ran out when the sprinkler system was activated, seeking refuge in the pharmacy and taking the woman hostage.
Police cited witnesses as saying that the perpetrator had claimed to be a member of the Islamic State group, but said that this had not been independently verified.
Police have yet to formally identify the suspect. They said late Monday that identity documents belonging to a 55-year-old Syrian man had found at the scene and "probably" belonged to the assailant.


Tuesday, October 16th 2018

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