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Shots have been heard at a clinic in Berlin

July 26, 2016

Police have confirmed that a patient shot a doctor at a clinic in Berlin before killing himself. The doctor has died as a result of his injuries, but police said there are no signs the shooting was linked to terrorism.

The Charite Benjamin Franklin clinic in Berlin
Image: Imago/Schöning

Shots were fired at a university clinic in Steglitz, a district in Berlin, police reported on Tuesday.

Police in Berlin confirmed on Twitter that a patient shot a doctor and then turned the gun on himself.

The doctor later succumbed to his life-threatening injuries and died, the police reported. He was a senior oral surgeon.

Authorities also said there are "no signs at all" that the shooting was an act of terrorism.

The gunfire was heard at around 1 p.m. (1100 UTC) local time, and police officers are on the scene, a Berlin police spokesperson said.

Further details on the case were not immediately available, but police said they have no evidence to suggest there were other perpetrators involved in the shooting.

A spokesperson for the Benjamin Franklin campus of the Charite university hospital, where the shooting took place, also confirmed that a patient shot a doctor before committing suicide.

The shooting comes after four other attacks in southern Germany since July 18, which have left 10 people dead and dozens injured.

The spate of attacks has left Germany shaken. Two of the deadly incidents were acts of terrorism claimed by the militant "Islamic State" group.

rs/kms (AP, dpa, Reuters)