German police rule out 'terrorism' in Berlin knife rampage

BERLIN, June 3 (Reuters) - German police on Sunday said they had shot and injured a man who had rampaged with a knife through the Berlin Cathedral, and also said there were no signs the incident was politically motivated.

Police said on Twitter that officers rushed to the scene after a staff member at the Berliner Dom, a major tourist attraction on the historic Museum Island in the German capital, called the emergency services to report the incident.

A policeman shot the knife-wielding man in the legs. One policeman was also injured, police said, providing no details on how the injuries were sustained.


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Armed police cordon off the Cathedral in Berlin on June 3, 2018 following reports of a possible shooting. (Photo by Paul Zinken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read PAUL ZINKEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police cordon off the Cathedral in Berlin on June 3, 2018 following reports of a possible shooting. - Police said they shot at a man 'rampaging' at Berlin Cathedral and armed officers cordoned off the entrances to the landmark in the heart of the German capital. (Photo by Paul Zinken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read PAUL ZINKEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police cordon off the Cathedral in Berlin on June 3, 2018 following reports of a shooting. - Police said they shot at a man 'rampaging' at Berlin Cathedral and armed officers cordoned off the entrances to the landmark in the heart of the German capital. (Photo by Paul Zinken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read PAUL ZINKEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police cordon off the Cathedral in Berlin on June 3, 2018 following reports of a possible shooting. - Police said they shot at a man 'rampaging' at Berlin Cathedral and armed officers cordoned off the entrances to the landmark in the heart of the German capital. (Photo by Jan D�NER / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAN DORNER/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police cordon off the Cathedral in Berlin on June 3, 2018 following reports of a possible shooting. - Police said they shot at a man 'rampaging' at Berlin Cathedral and armed officers cordoned off the entrances to the landmark in the heart of the German capital. (Photo by Paul Zinken / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read PAUL ZINKEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Police cordon off the Cathedral in Berlin on June 3, 2018 following reports of a possible shooting. - Police said they shot at a man 'rampaging' at Berlin Cathedral and armed officers cordoned off the entrances to the landmark in the heart of the German capital. (Photo by Jan D�NER / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAN DORNER/AFP/Getty Images)
Police in front of the Berliner Dom after a German policeman shot a man at the Berlin Cathedral, German media reported in Berlin, Germany, June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Police in front of the Berliner Dom after a German policeman shot a man at the Berlin Cathedral, German media reported in Berlin, Germany, June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
People sit in front of the Berliner Dom after a German policeman shot a man at the Berlin Cathedral, German media reported in Berlin, Germany, June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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Both the suspect and the police officer were taken to hospital for treatment. Some 100 people were at the Dom at the time, police said.

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

(Reporting by Tom Koerkemeier and Scot Stevenson; Writing by Joseph Nasr; editing by David Stamp/David Evans and Jane Merriman)

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