A member of the special police force (L) walks beside a
policeman along a street in Ingolstadt during a hostage
incident in the southern German city. REUTERS/Michael
Chancellor Angela Merkel cancelled two election rallies
in the southern German state of Bavaria after a 24-year-old man
took three people hostage in Ingolstadt, one of the cities
where she had been due to speak.
Merkel had been due to appear in Ingolstadt and Regensburg as
part of a campaign tour that will see her pass through over
50 German towns and cities ahead of a Sept. 22 election.
Bavaria is holding a regional election one week before the
The hostage-taking was ended shortly before 6pm (local time),
after nearly nine hours, when police special forces
overwhelmed the hostage-taker, according to German media
Associated Press is reporting that police shot and wounded
The man had earlier released one of the three hostages, a
deputy mayor, five hours into the standoff, police said.
Officials said there was no connection between the
hostage-taking and Merkel's visit.
A Bavarian official said that the hostage-taker had been
stalking the deputy mayor's secretary. Authorities had
evacuated the town hall all day and closed off the immediate
According to the city's website the town hall is a 14th
century building, home to the mayor, some administrative
posts and the tourist office. Ingolstadt, a city of roughly
125,000 near Munich, is best known as the home of Audi, the
luxury unit of German carmaker Volkswagen.