Suspect arrested after 18-hour hostage situation at Hamburg Airport
Police believe the ongoing stand-off at Hamburg Airport is due to a custody dispute.
A major airport in Germany was closed for 18 hours following a ‘hostage situation’ involving a man with a child.
Police believe the ongoing stand-off at Hamburg Airport, which began when a 35-year-old man rammed a security barrier with a four-year-old passenger, is due to a custody dispute.
The incident began at around 8pm on Saturday, when the man smashed his Audi through a security barrier at the north gate and parked under one of the planes.
German police have now confirmed the stand-off has ended, with the suspect arrested and the child apparently unharmed.
The stand-off lasted for 18 hours, with no flights able to take off or land in that time.
A spokesperson for the airport said at least 27 flights and around 3,200 passengers had been affected.
Passengers were urged not to travel to the airport.
Local police would not confirm earlier reporting that the man was armed, had fired twice into the air with a weapon, and had thrown burning bottles from his car, Sky News reports.
Footage from the airport showed emergency services tackling two small fires.
Hamburg police posted on X, formerly Twitter: ‘The car is still on the apron of Hamburg airport. We are currently assuming a custody dispute is the background to the operation.
‘Our negotiators are in contact with the person in the car.’
Federal police said the 35-year-old’s wife had previously called to warn of a possible child abduction before confirming a four-year-old child was also inside the vehicle.
They said officers are operating on the basis the man had taken the child from the mother possibly as part of a custody battle.
All passengers were evacuated from the airport and work is ongoing to safely remove travellers still on board aircraft on the tarmac.
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