Hostage drama in German H&M branch

15th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A man believed to be armed held a number of hostages in an H&M clothing store in the east German city of Leipzig for several hours on Tuesday before giving himself up, police said.

Police commandos evacuated a large part of the city centre and deployed snipers on rooftops after being called at around 12:30 pm (1030 GMT) and told that a man with a pistol was threatening customers.

Several hostages were released in shock but unharmed during the drama but media reports said that before the man surrendered, there were still around 10 people inside.

The Bild newspaper named the man on its website as Oliver Q., a 41-year-old with previous firearms offences. Other reports said he was psychologically disturbed and angry about a medical error by his doctor.

A police spokeswoman said it was unclear whether the man, who was arrested, was armed with a real gun or a toy.

© 2010 AFP

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