A teenage girl was injured and a woman was taken hostage on Monday at a train station in Germany in what police say may have been a foiled terrorist attack.
Investigators said the incident began just before 6:45 a.m. ET when a man carrying several Molotov cocktails entered a McDonald’s near Cologne’s main train station and ignited one, which injured a 14-year-old girl.
The attacker then fled to a pharmacy at Breslauer Platz, near the back side of the train station, taking a woman hostage, police said at a press conference.
He “massively threatened” the hostage, police said, and at one point tried to set her on fire.
Authorities said they believe the hostage taker had a weapon and fired multiple shots at him when they stormed the pharmacy around 9 a.m. ET, taking him down.
He was seriously injured during his arrest and transported to the hospital for surgery, according to the Agence France-Presse.
His current condition remains unclear. The woman held hostage was treated for minor injuries, police said earlier Monday.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Andy Eckardt and Minyvonne Burke