Police lock down Cologne train station after man takes woman hostage

German police ISIS link possible in Cologne hostage incident

Police said there was no immediate suspicion of a link to terrorism.

An AFP correspondent at the scene said he heard two stun grenade explosions as police stormed and secured the pharmacy.

German police say they've freed a woman who had been taken hostage in Cologne's main train station and have her captor in custody.

"Eye-witnesses reported hearing shots, others spoke of smoke bombs, but we can not confirm any of that so far", a police spokesman told news channel NTV.

Police officer Christoph Schulte told The Associated Press that the incident appears to have started Monday at 12:45 pm (local time) at a pharmacy inside the train station.

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The woman was released and is reported to have minor injuries, while the man was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Police tweeted that the hostage was slightly injured and was now being treated.

Travellers were ordered to evacuate the large central station, which sits on Cologne's Dom Platz beneath the city's historic cathedral early Monday afternoon.

Deutsche Bahn, Germany's main train operator, said the station would be closed until further notice and all traffic, including long-distance connections, had been suspended.

Authorities are in contact with the attacker, a police spokeswoman told NBC News, who added special forces are on site and police urged people to stay away from the area.

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