German airport closed after armed driver breaches gate, opens fire
The airport in the northern German city of Hamburg was closed to passengers, and flights were canceled Saturday night after a vehicle broke through security and entered the premises, German news agency dpa reported, prompting an hours-long standoff that dragged into Sunday morning.
Federal police said an armed man had broken through a gate with his vehicle and fired twice into the air with a weapon. Police said later that the 35-year-old man had a 4-year-old child inside the car and that they assumed he was the father and had taken the child by force from the mother in a possible custody battle.
Hamburg police said negotiators had made contact with the suspect. Police also said that a psychologist was talking with the man and that there was no indication other people could be harmed since all passengers had evacuated the airport.
Police said a major operation was taking place on the airport’s tarmac. The situation was still active as of early Sunday morning.
Federal police spokesman Thomas Gerbert told dpa that a large number of officers from state and federal police were on site and in the vicinity of the vehicle.
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