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German police detain patient who took hostage at hospital

Police and special forces swarmed a hospital in Bavaria after a male patient took a woman hostage. The man also threatened several other people with knives, but police did not comment on a possible motive.

A 40-year-old male patient at a hospital in southern Germany was arrested on Friday after he took a female patient hostage with a knife.

The incident took place at the Mainkofen district hospital in the Bavarian town of Deggendorf.

Police and special forces were able to overpower the man and arrest him. Authorities later said that the man was an Austrian national.

According to news agency DPA, the man suffered minor injuries in the police operation.

Police respond to a hostage situation at a hospital in Deggendorf, Germany (picture-alliance/dpa/A. Weigel)

Some 50 police officers were on the scene at the Mainkofen district hospital

The 57-year-old woman who had been taken hostage was unharmed.

He also used two knives to threaten several other people before taking the hostage.

The Mainkofen district hospital, which has space for over 700 patients, has a psychiatric department as well as a forensic department where convicted offenders receiving medical treatment are housed, reported local public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Authorities did not immediately release further details about the suspect or his motives.

In a statement about the operation, police said that the suspect "did not make any demands" during negotiations with authorities and that nothing is known yet about his motive.

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