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Berlin police shoot naked man brandishing a knife

Police have shot a naked man who brandished a knife at officers in a landmark Berlin fountain. The man, apparently aged around 20, later died on the scene.

Police spokesman Stefan Redlich said passers-by reported early this morning that a man was behaving strangely and carrying a long knife in the Neptune fountain, near Berlin's city hall.

A policeman climbed into the water to try to stop him from cutting himself, whereupon the man advanced on the officer with the knife. Another officer shot the man after he ignored calls to back off. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death.