Heavily armed police units deployed to the German city of Cologne Monday after shots were reported to have been fired and a hostage taken at the city’s central rail station.
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.
Locally published newspaper the Koln Express reports a hostage was taken in a pharmacy inside the station and that fire engines were also called after officers responding to the incident smelt burning.
German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports shots have been fired at the station, although it is unclear by who.
Cologne’s central station itself is a major interchange for trains across Germany and Western Europe.