Hamburg airport closed after armed person drives through gate

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FRANKFURT, Nov 4 (Reuters) – An armed man drove a car through a barrier onto the grounds of the Hamburg airport on Saturday evening and shot a weapon twice in the air, a police spokesperson said.

Police said no one appeared to be injured, but the airport announced it was currently closed for takeoffs and landings.

The event occurred around 8 p.m. local time, police said. After firing the shots, the person threw two burning bottles out of the vehicle, they added.

The police spokesperson said a child was in the car.

The police said separately on social media platform X that they were conducting a large operation and were assuming a “static hostage situation.”

A spokesperson for the airport said 27 flights had been affected.

Reporting by Joern Poltz and Tom Sims in Frankfurt
Editing by Andrew Heavens and Matthew Lewis

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