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City Hall Hostage Crisis: People Held
An armed man has taken several people hostage in the historic city hall of the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt and is making demands to police over the telephone.
Police spokesman Guenther Beck said that the man had taken the hostages shortly before 9am (7am GMT) on Monday but that it was not clear what weapons he had.
He said there were "several" hostages but that he couldn't be specific about the number. He did not disclose what demands the hostage-taker had made.
The scenes unfolded just hours before the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was due in the city, home to car manufacturer Audi, for a rally.
The Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann arrived at the city hall and had joined negotiators.
Mayor Alfred Lehmann told BILD.de: "I was in my office when suddenly the secretary came in and said there was a hostage situation. This was at 9am . Then we left the building."
He said the hostages were being held on the second floor of the building.
The German media were suggesting that Sepp Misslbeck, the third Mayor, was among the hostages.
The Old City Hall is home to the mayor's office, the tourist information office and a number of other administrative departments, and is one of two city halls in the Ingolstadt.