Man shot after knife rampage in Berlin Cathedral

German police say they shot the man in the legs following incident at tourist attraction


German police on Sunday said they had shot and injured a 53-year-old Austrian man who had rampaged with a knife through the Berlin Cathedral. They also said there were no signs the incident was politically motivated.

The dpa news agency quoted police as saying the man appeared to be confused.

Officers reportedly 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 a man waving a knife in the area of the altar.

A policeman shot the knife-wielding man in the legs.

A second officer was inadvertently wounded by the shot or shots fired by his colleague, Berlin police said.

Dpa said that officer was in a serious condition.

Both the suspect and the police officer were taken to hospital for treatment. Some 100 people were at the Dom at the time of the incident, police said.

“There are no indications that the motive was terrorism- or Islamist-related,” police wrote on Twitter. – Reuters, PA