German police suspect hostage has been taken in Cologne

Reported that shots fired at Cologne's main train station

Reported that shots fired at Cologne's main train station

Police quoted by the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger daily said a couple were involved, and a man had argued with a woman in a McDonald's restaurant, before holding her in a pharmacy at the station.

The hostage take-, who was severely injured in the police operation, was taken to an intensive care unit in a local hospital.

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

As members of the public were ordered to leave the area as quickly as possible, state rail operator Deutsche Bahn shut down the busy main train station in Cologne - a major hub for rail travel through North Rhine-Westphalia state and nationwide.

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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. An employee of the pharmacy and the hostage were also treated by medics.

"The investigation is considering all possibilities and we are not ruling out terrorism", said Cologne deputy police chief Miriam Brauns at a news conference. "We're doing everything to get the hostage out of there unharmed", police spokesman Christoph Gilles said initially. The entire station, one of the biggest in the country, was evacuated and closed off as well as Breslauer Platz square behind the station.

The police spokeswoman said police were unaware of any shots having been fired.

The man was known to police for offences including theft and fraud, she said, adding that it was not certain that the owner of the documents was the hostage taker. Police said a 14-year-old girl was injured in the fast-food restaurant earlier. Ambulances and heavily-armed police were lined up and waiting behind the train station. "A female hostage has sustained light injuries and is being tended to". He allegedly said during the incident that he was a member of the extremist Islamic State group.

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