German police shoots man at Berlin Cathedral

Geraldine Edwards
June 4, 2018

A police officer stands in front of the Berlin Cathedral in Germany where police opened fire at a knifeman who was rampaging, wounding him in the legs.

"A shot was sacked in the Berlin Cathedral", the spokeswoman said, declining to give any further details.

Finally, they faced the assailant near the altar of the cathedral, and "the man was wounded in the leg by a shot from a policeman", a spokesman said.

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A Berlin police spokesman described the wounded man as a "hooligan" but did not provide details about the circumstances of the shooting or his actions and his age and nationality are not known.

There are unconfirmed reports a police officer has also been shot.

Entrances to the building were blocked off with red-and-white police tape and several officers with automatic weapons were patrolling the scene.

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Both the suspect and the police officer were taken to a hospital. News agency Dpa says the officer is in serious condition.

"There are no indications that the motive was terrorism- or Islamist-related", police wrote on Twitter.

A cordon has been put in place around the cathedral, located in the Mitte borough, a popular tourist area of the German capital.

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