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Berlin Bank Employee Held Hostage Inside Branch, Police Report

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- A bank employee in Germany’s capital has been taken hostage inside a branch by an intruder, police said.

“A perpetrator is holding a bank employee hostage inside the branch office,” Berlin police press spokeswoman Diane Born said by telephone. The identity of the man wasn’t known.

The bank is located at Potsdamer Strasse 54 in Berlin Zehlendorf. Focus online reported that the branch belonged to Deutsche Bank AG. Roland Weichert, Deutsche bank spokesman, declined to comment.

Police were informed just before 4 p.m. that a perpetrator inside the bank had taken an employee hostage, said Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf. The remaining bank employees were able to leave the building through one of the upper floors, he said.

Police are in contact with the intruder who demanded cash and safe passage. Neuendorf declined to comment on a possible bomb threat or weapons the man might be carrying because of police tactical strategy reasons. He added that the police are trying to maintain contact with the person and ensure that the situation ends in an “unproblematic way.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Annette Weisbach in Frankfurt at aweisbach1@bloomberg.net; Rainer Buergin in Berlin at rbuergin1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Frank Connelly at fconnelly@bloomberg.net

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