The man holding his daughter captive at the Hamburg airport surrendered without resisting, local police reported. The operation of the services has been completed. “It looks like nothing happened to the child,” it added. Hamburg Airport said that work is underway to restore connections as soon as possible.
The man drove onto the tarmac of the Hamburg airport on Saturday around 8 p.m. He had previously rammed the gate with his car. He drove directly into the aircraft parking strip. It stopped right next to a Turkish Airlines passenger plane that was being prepared for departure – the Bild daily portal found out.
– There were passengers on the plane, but they were escorted out – said police spokeswoman Sandra Levgruen.
The Hamburg police announced the end of the action after more than 18 hours. “The hostage situation is over. The perpetrator and his daughter left the car. The services detained the man without resistance. It seems that the child was unharmed,” it was written on the X website (formerly Twitter).
Salman E. was arrested, and after his release, his 4-year-old daughter Aslihan was taken to the care of doctors – accompanied by her mother, she was taken to a children’s hospital.
From the airport, which was closed on Saturday evening, 286 flights with over 34,000 passengers were scheduled for Sunday. passengers. Hamburg Airport said that work is underway to restore connections as soon as possible.
“He threw two burning bottles out of the car, something like a Molotov cocktail.”
As “Bild” found out, the man managed to set several arsons at the airport at night – the airport fire brigade intervened. – He threw two burning bottles from the car, something like a Molotov cocktail – said Thomas Gerbert, a spokesman for the federal police. For safety reasons, the fire brigade poured water on the plane because there was a risk that “the Audi driver may try to set it on fire again.”
The man, using his daughter as a hostage, demanded to fly with her to… Turkey. He fired several times into the air, confirmed Thomas Gerbert, a spokesman for the federal police.
According to preliminary findings, no one was injured.
Shortly before the man entered the airport, his wife notified the police. “During the emergency call, she warned the officers that her husband was rushing to the airport – with a child,” Bild found out. She reported that her husband had abducted the child on Saturday evening.
As “Bild” learned, the arrested Salman E. tricked himself into his ex-wife’s apartment around 7:20 p.m., taking the 4-year-old with him. A few minutes later, the man left in a black Audi towards the airport. Police said it was likely over a custody dispute over their daughter.
“Thanks to the highly professional and careful approach of the Hamburg police, the operation was completed without any injuries,” said Hamburg’s senator for internal affairs, Andy Grote (SPD), thanking the officers and congratulating the effectively carried out action.
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