Man holds hostages in German city

Two people still being held in Ingolstadr after one is freed by the hostage-taker.

    Man holds hostages in German city
    The hostage-taking happened several hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel was to address a rally in the city. [AFP]

    A man claiming to be carrying a gun took three hostages in the town hall of a German city where Chancellor Angela Merkel had been due to give a campaign rally later in the day.

    Merkel cancelled her event following the hostage-taking, as police negotiated with the man, who after five hours freed one of the captives, a deputy mayor of the town of Ingolstadr north of Munich.

    The incident started shortly before 9 am (0700 GMT) on Monday.

    The gunman was still holding two hostages, a man and a woman, the police said.

    The hostage-taker was a young man armed with a handgun, though it wasn't clear whether it contained live ammunition, police said.

    "The man wants us to reverse a decision,  it wasn't immediately clear what decision he meant, but he may have been referring to the fact he had been barred from Ingolstadt's city halls," Mayor Alfred Lehmann said. 


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