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Terrorism investigators probing Cologne arson attack, hostage-taking

Europe
17.10.2018
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Dusseldorf, Germany (dpa) - The prosecutor‘s office that handles terrorism cases in Germany confirmed on Wednesday that it is investigating an arson attack and hostage-taking by a suspected Islamist in the western city of Cologne.

Investigators have yet to confirm the incident, perpetrated by a 55-year-old Syrian asylum seeker inside a McDonald‘s restaurant and a pharmacy in Cologne‘s main train station on Monday, was a terrorist act.

The man, who was shot and critically injured by police and remains in hospital, is under investigation on two counts of attempted murder and the taking of a hostage.

A spokesman for the federal prosecutor‘s office in Karlsruhe said further details would be made available later on Wednesday.

 

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