Armed police race to hostage situation at German pharmacy

German police have locked down streets in the city of Karlsruhe amid reports of a hostage situation at a pharmacy. Armed officers have been seen outside the premises which has been cordoned off. 

Police have confirmed a hostage situation is ongoing but the number of those held has not been provided.

According to the German outlet Bild, the incident started at 4.30pm and police have opened a line of communication with the alleged hostage-taker.

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