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Hostage standoff ends at H&M store in Leipzig

An armed man in Leipzig who took several hostages at an H&M fashion store in Leipzig has surrendered to police. No one was injured in the incident.

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The hostages were released from the H&M store after three hours

Police have ended a standoff with an armed hostage taker in the eastern German city of Leipzig. According to police, the man entered an H&M clothing store in downtown Leipzig armed with a weapon, forcing customers and staff to stay inside.

It was not immediately clear what kind of weapon the man had, but some eyewitnesses say it was a gun.

After intially entering the store and brandishing his weapon, the man periodically released hostages unharmed to police. Over three hours after the incident began, the man gave himself up to police.

Leipzig television station MDR reports that the man was mentally disturbed and wished to draw attention to what he said was bad treatment by his doctors.

Author: Matt Zuvela (Reuters, dpa, apn)
Editor: Michael Lawton