Police in Germany’s Dresden Give All-Clear After Hostage-Taking

By Reuters
December 10, 2022Germany
Police in Germany’s Dresden Give All-Clear After Hostage-Taking
Police officers secure the area at a Christmas market in Dresden, Germany, on Dec. 10, 2022. (Matthias Rietschel/Reuters)

BERLIN—Police said they had ended a suspected hostage-taking in the eastern German city of Dresden on Saturday, after evacuating a shopping mall in the historic city center and shutting the famous Striezelmarkt Christmas market.

“All-clear! The hostage situation in #Dresden is over!” police said on Twitter, adding that two people who appeared to be unharmed were in its care.

It did not provide any details on the suspect.

News outlet TAG24 earlier cited police as saying that a 40-year-old German man was believed to have killed his 62-year-old mother in an apartment building in the Prohlis district of Dresden, southeast of the city center.

It said that police said the hostage-taking at the Altmarkt-Galerie shopping mall was related to the killing but declined to provide further details.

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