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Germany

Hostage Drama Ends without Bloodshed

A policeman who had been taken hostage while attempting to arrest a 31-year-old suspected drug dealer in the western city of Neuss was released after his captor injected himself with drugs, got sleepy, and was taken without incident into custody by police forces. The drama unfolded when two policeman attempted to arrest the man. But the suspect stabbed one police officer in the neck and shot at the other, hitting him in the arm. The officer with the stab wound was able to run away, but the other was held by the suspect. Several hundred police officers then surrounded the building and sealed off the area.