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Germany: Man hits 3 pedestrians and flees, is shot by police

26 February 2017

Police officers stand guard near the attacked Christmas market in Berlin, capital of Germany, on December 21, 2016.

It was believed that the man, who hired a rental vehicle to carry out the attack, was also in possession of a knife at the time.

He was seriously injured following the brief stand-off and rushed to hospital.

Police said that at the moment they are unclear about the man's motives but added they don't suspect the attack to be terrorism-related.

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The incident occurred around 4pm local time, a police spokesman has told Der Spiegel.

Police spokeswoman Anne Baas said one of the three people hit outside a bakery was also seriously injured.

"At the current stage of the investigation there is nothing to suggest that it was a terrorist" act, the police said.

German authorities are on high-alert after a man drove a truck into Christmas crowds at a Berlin market, killing 12 people.