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German police say hostage situation following shooting resolved


BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have ended a hostage situation in the eastern city of Dresden, following reports of gunshots being fired on Saturday morning.

Authorities had urged people to avoid an area of ​​the city center and ordered the Dresden Christmas market to remain closed while the operation was underway.

Shortly after noon, police announced on Twitter that the hostage situation was over. “Two apparently uninjured people are in our care,” they added. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect had been arrested.

Radio Dresden reported that a gunman had earlier tried to enter a building where the broadcaster is based, near the city’s main train station. The man allegedly fired several shots before fleeing, according to Radio Dresden.

Dresden police separately confirmed that a 62-year-old woman was found dead in another part of the city on Saturday. His 40-year-old son has been named as a suspect. Police declined to confirm whether there was a connection between the murder and the hostage-taking.

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