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Four people have been killed and another seriously injured at a hospital in Potsdam, near Berlin.

Police arrived at the Oberlin Clinic in Germany and found four people dead and a 51-year-old woman has been arrested.

Cops were called to the incident, based in the capital of Brandenburg, the state that surrounds the German capital, in the late evening at around 9pm local time (8pm GMT).

A police spokesperson said the deaths were "the result of violence" and the woman was the prime suspect.

It's not clear if the people found dead were patients at the clinic, however, newspaper Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten reported it's believed they were.

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The crime took place at the facility's palliative care unit, writes Bild daily.

There has been no information regarding a motive behind the incident.

According to initial findings, the people died through the use of 'external force', reports local media Tagesspiegel.

Officers remain at the scene and crime scene investigators have also been spotted.

It's believed the suspect is an employee but this is yet to be confirmed by authorities.

The force's homicide squad has now taken over the investigation.

The hospital is an orthopedic clinic specialising in the treatment of musculoskeletal issues with 160 beds and 300 staff.

Almost 5000 operations are performed in the hospital each year.

It's based in the Babelsberg campus of the Oberlinhaus association which houses 2000 employees.

Potsdam is a city on the southwestern border of Berlin.

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