UPDATEHamburg police are negotiating with the armed man who took his 4-year-old daughter hostage at the German city’s airport and are confident of a successful outcome. A police spokesperson said this on the night from Saturday to Sunday. There is no longer any danger to third parties.
According to the police, it is an “absolutely good sign” that the man continues to talk to the emergency services. “He wants to talk to us and we initially assess that as very positive,” it sounds. According to the German Bild, the man demands a flight to Turkey for him and his daughter.
The police assume there is a dispute over the custody of the child. The man’s wife had previously reported possible child abduction to the police, the spokesperson said. According to reports, the child stayed with the mother in Stade, in the state of Lower Saxony, on Saturday. Police believe the father took the child by force before driving to Hamburg and entering the airport grounds just after 8 p.m.
The police are on site with special units and a psychologist and are negotiating in Turkish with the man, who is said to be 35 years old.
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No damage or injuries
A German radio reporter on the scene reports that after driving through the gate, the man shot twice into the air and then threw two Molotov cocktails out the window. The fire brigade managed to extinguish it within a short time. According to the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, no significant damage has been caused and no one appears to have been injured so far. The newspaper did report that a total of 27 flights had to be delayed due to the situation.
Air traffic to and from Hamburg airport in Germany remains suspended for the time being due to the hostage taking on the tarmac. The airport announced this early on Sunday morning. There will also be cancellations and delays throughout the day. The police ask passengers not to go to the airport. The airport and all aircraft on the tarmac were evacuated on Saturday evening.
Hamburg airport was also closed once in October, but then due to a threat of attack on a flight from Tehran to Hamburg.
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