German Police Investigating Hostage Situation at Train Station as Possible Terrorist Attack

Police officers stand outside Central Station in Cologne, Germany on Oct. 15, 2018, after it was closed down to deal with a hostage situation. Oliver Berg / AFP – Getty Images

A teenage girl was injured and a woman was taken hostage on Monday at a train station in Germany in what police say may have been a foiled terrorist attack.

Investigators said the incident began just before 6:45 a.m. ET when a man carrying several Molotov cocktails entered a McDonald’s near Cologne’s main train station and ignited one, which injured a 14-year-old girl.

The attacker then fled to a pharmacy at Breslauer Platz, near the back side of the train station, taking a woman hostage, police said at a press conference.

He “massively threatened” the hostage, police said, and at one point tried to set her on fire.

Authorities said they believe the hostage taker had a weapon and fired multiple shots at him when they stormed the pharmacy around 9 a.m. ET, taking him down.

He was seriously injured during his arrest and transported to the hospital for surgery, according to the Agence France-Presse.

His current condition remains unclear. The woman held hostage was treated for minor injuries, police said earlier Monday.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Andy Eckardt and Minyvonne Burke