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Train station in German city of Cologne closed after hostage-taking

Police stand outside Cologne main railway station on October 15, 2018 in Cologne, Germany.
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The main train station in the western German city of Cologne has been closed due to an ongoing police operation, state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn said on Monday after police said they were investigating a suspected hostage-taking.

"A police operation is delaying rail traffic, the main station in Cologne is closed," Deutsche Bahn said on Twitter, adding it did not know how long the police operation would last.