Hostage held at Cologne main train station

Reported that shots fired at Cologne's main train station

"The investigation is considering all possibilities and we are not ruling out terrorism", Cologne deputy police chief Miriam Brauns told a news conference. Local media reported that people were told via a loudspeaker to leave the station.

The police spokeswoman said police were unaware of any shots having been fired. The hostage was also slightly injured and treated on the scene.

Police refused to speculate whether the incident was terror related, said DW's David Martin.

Police spokesman Christoph Gilles said they were working to find out "what the hostage-taker wants, what his demands are and whether he carries a weapon", adding that police were not aware of the man's motive.

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

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RPT police said a hostage was taken at Breslauer Platz, a major square near the busy train station.

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

Officers said the man was injured during the police operation, without giving any further details, and paramedics were seen trying to revive him. "A female hostage has sustained light injuries and is being tended to".

A woman held hostage by the perpetrator was only "lightly wounded", police tweeted shortly after she was freed around 3:00 pm (1300 GMT).

German railroad operator Deutsche Bahn said that all train traffic was shut down.

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