Armed man takes hostages in German clothes shop: police

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An armed man took an unknown number of hostages Tuesday in a branch of the H&M clothes store in the east German city of Leipzig, police said.

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

Several hostages were released unharmed, many of them suffering from shock, a police spokeswoman said.

© 2010 AFP

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