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Hamburg airport hostage standoff over, suspect arrested – police

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Hamburg airport hostage standoff over, suspect arrested – police

HOSTAGE. Fire engines put out small fires at the tarmac of Hamburg Airport in Hamburg, Germany, November 4, 2023, in this screengrab obtained from a social media video.

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(3rd UPDATE) 'The hostage situation is over,' the city's police force writes on X, formerly known as Twitter

FRANKFURT, Germany – Police arrested a man and rescued a child at the center of a hostage standoff at Hamburg airport on Sunday, November 5, ending a crisis that had forced authorities to close the busy air hub.

A man, who police said was suspected of carrying a gun, and possibly explosives, drove a vehicle through the gates of the airport on Saturday night, officers said.

Police said the 35-year-old man was with his four-year-old daughter and was thought to be involved in a custody dispute.

“The hostage situation is over,” the city’s police force wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, early on Sunday afternoon.

“The suspect got out of the car with his daughter. The man was arrested by the emergency services without resistance. The child appears to be unharmed,” it added.

The airport, which was closed on Saturday night, said 286 flights with around 34,500 passengers had been scheduled on Sunday. There was no immediate announcement on its reopening.

“I wish the mother, the child and her family a lot of strength to cope with this terrible experience,” Hamburg mayor Peter Tschentscher wrote on X.

The episode raised concerns over security at the airport less than four months after climate activists got onto the runway and blocked planes. – Rappler.com

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