Hamburg airport remains closed as police deal with ‘hostage situation’

The airport closed for all takeoffs and landings on Saturday evening after police arrived in large numbers on the scene to deal with a man who drove through a barrier onto the grounds of the airport

November 05, 2023 04:36 am | Updated 01:42 pm IST - Berlin

Fire Department vehicles arrive at a security scene at the Hamburg Airport in Hamburg, Germany on November 4, 2023.

Fire Department vehicles arrive at a security scene at the Hamburg Airport in Hamburg, Germany on November 4, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP

Hamburg airport remained closed on Sunday, authorities said, as police dealt with a hostage situation they say likely involves a custody dispute.

The airport closed for all takeoffs and landings on Saturday evening after police arrived in large numbers on the scene to deal with a man who drove through a barrier onto the grounds of the airport with a child.

The car with the 35-year-old man and 4-year-old child was parked under a plane, a police spokesperson said.

“The operation continues. Our negotiators are in contact with the person in the car,” the police posted on Sunday on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Police said the child’s mother had told them the father had been in contact with her.

Police would not confirm their earlier statements that the man was armed and had fired shots.

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