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04 Jan 2019 | 03:15 PM UTC

Germany: Shooting incident in central Cologne January 4

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Police operation underway in central Cologne following earlier shooting January 4; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected in coming hours

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/4/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Berlin). COUNTRY/REGION Cologne


Police special units are conducting a search operation in central Cologne in the afternoon (local time) of Friday, January 4, following a shooting near Alteburger Street. Authorities have cordoned off roads near the central train station and the Cologne Cathedral as reports indicate there may be additional gunmen. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions can be expected in the coming hours. Avoid the area. 


A gunman reportedly opened fire on Alteburger street shortly before 14:00, although there were no immediate reports of injuries. Police subsequently arrested the suspect at Breslauer Platz.


Individuals in Cologne are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.


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