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Armed man storms through gate at German airport – police

The transport hub has been shut down after a person reportedly fired a pistol into the air

An armed man drove a vehicle through a gate at Hamburg airport in northern Germany on Saturday night, prompting a lockdown and cancellation of all takeoffs and landings. He has at least one child in the car and is currently in contact with the officers, police said.

Police spokesman Thomas Gerbert said that the man rammed his vehicle through the gate at around 8 pm local time. His car then reportedly stopped on the tarmac.

The man then threw two Molotov cocktails out of the car, without causing any damage, Gerbert said. According to newspaper Die Welt, the man twice fired a pistol into the air. Other reports said that he also has explosives. 

The man’s wife had previously contacted the police, reporting a possible kidnapping of a child.

Bewaffneter rast auf Vorfeld: Amok-Alarm am Hamburger Flughafen! Die Polizei ist im Großeinsatz https://t.co/rt7tSPSdMQ #Amok #Hamburg #Flughafen pic.twitter.com/nFbOgxb9Rm

— Marco Zitzow (@MarcoZitzow) November 4, 2023

An anti-terrorism unit has arrived to the scene.

🚨#UPDATE#SWAT unit arrived at the Hamburg Airport where an armed individiual has taken two children hostages#Germany #Hamburg #Hostages #terrorism #Polizei #HamburgAirport pic.twitter.com/Xt7rpV6xRN

— Alexandru Judeu (@AlexandruJudeu) November 4, 2023

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