Armed police on duty in the “taking of hostages” in a German pharmacy

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - MARCH 10: Heavily armed police officers stand in front of a pharmacy where a perpetrator is reportedly holding a hostage on March 10, 2023 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The police cordoned off the area and the situation is ongoing. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Heavily armed police stand in front of the building (Image: Getty Images)

A hostage situation locked down a German town today with an arrest.

Armed officers were mobilized to a pharmacy building in the city of Karlsruhe.

German police said on Friday they arrested a male suspect after a special unit raided a pharmacy.

Several people were “held hostage for hours”.

A series of explosions were heard as officers in tactical gear entered the downtown pharmacy at around 4:30 p.m., having first arrived on the scene

“At 9:10 p.m., a special unit entered the pharmacy; a male suspect was arrested,” said the Karlsruhe police on Twitter.

Officers detained a man they took from the pharmacy, covered his head with a blanket and loaded him into a car.

The building was searched and there appeared to be no injuries, they said.

The police secure the vicinity of the pharmacy (Image: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
The scene tonight (Image: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Two people were reportedly being held hostage (Image: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The danger level was “unclear”, said the troops first on Twitter.

People were believed to be held hostage and a “ransom” demanded.

Police officers armed with guns could be seen outside the building while police tape blocked the street.

The hostage situation follows Thursday’s deadly killing spree in a Jehovah’s Witnesses hall in Hamburg.

A man was arrested (Image: DPA/PA Images)
The danger level was described as “unclear” (Image: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Police at the scene could be seen crouching with guns (Image: Twitter)
The scene tonight in front of the pharmacy (Image: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Eight people died as a resultincluding the attacker.

The victims were four men, two women and an unborn baby still in the womb.

Police rushed to the scene at 9 p.m. amid unconfirmed reports of shooters on the run.

The Hamburg city administration said the shooting took place in the Groß Borstel district.

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