An asylum seeker caused numerous train delays after he climbed one of the arches of a rail bridge during rush hour in Cologne on Wednesday. He was reportedly protesting the rejection of his asylum application.

Police were alerted to the incident when they received a call about the man at 4:40pm.

When officers arrived at Hohenzollern Bridge, the man had asked for an interpreter. After an interpreter had been able to contact him, he climbed down.

"He told us he didn't want to kill himself," said a federal police spokesman.

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