in Karlsruhe, Germany, they intervene against an offender who held a hostage in a pharmacy, March 10, 2023.
Berlin – German police intervened in Karlsruhe, in the west of the country, where the offender was held for almost five hours on Friday 11 hostages in one of the local pharmacies. She arrested the suspect, who is a 20-year-old German. Police said in a press release that no one was injured.
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Police arrived at the pharmacy on Ettlinger Strasse near the city center around 4:30 p.m. after receiving information about possible hostages and cordoned off the area. They began negotiating with the man, who, according to the Stuttgarter Nachrichten website, demanded a ransom of seven million euros (CZK 166 million).
During the following hours, the police did not release any details, so it was not known how many people remained trapped in the pharmacy , nor who is detaining them.
At around 9:10 p.m., armed police officers finally broke into the building and shortly thereafter took the suspect out. They then searched the entire building. They found 11 hostages at the scene. However, in the case of one woman, they are still investigating whether she was actually an accomplice.
The 20-year-old suspect was known to the police and had previously been accused of violent and property crime. The police are investigating the motive for his act.
The city of Karlsruhe with a population of 300,000 is located in the state of Baden-Württemberg near the German-French border. It houses the German Constitutional Court.