'All clear': Hostage situation in German city of Dresden over, say police

It was earlier reported that shots had been fired at a building near the main train station


By Agencies

Published: Sat 10 Dec 2022, 3:08 PM

Last updated: Sat 10 Dec 2022, 4:10 PM

German police gave the all-clear signal after a hostage-taking that had prompted it to evacuate a shopping mall and shut the famous Striezelmarkt Christmas market in Dresden on Saturday.

"All-clear! The hostage situation in #Dresden is over!" police said on Twitter, adding that two people who appeared to be unharmed were in its care.

The police earlier urged people to avoid an area in the historic city centre and ordered Dresden's Christmas market to remain closed.

Radio Dresden said on its website earlier that an armed man had entered the Ammonhof office building, where the radio station is located, around 8.30 am local time and that shots had been fired.

The police did not confirm the details reported by Radio Dresden and tabloid Bild but urged citizens.

(With inputs from AP, Reuters)


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