According to police, a hostage situation is ongoing at a pharmacy located within Cologne’s main train station as of the afternoon of Monday, October 15 (local time). An armed man is believed to be holding one person hostage. The station is being evacuated, the area around the station has been cordoned off, and police are on the scene. Earlier reports of gunfire remain unconfirmed and there is currently no indication the situation is terrorist in nature.
Associated rail disruptions are reported.
Individuals in Cologne are advised to avoid the vicinity of the central train station until further notice, adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities, and to confirm train reservations.