Arrest as 4 found dead at German hospital

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An investigation into a suspected murder case has been launched after four people were found dead at a hospital in the German city of Potsdam.

A 51-year-old woman who works at Oberlinklinik hospital is under provisional arrest under suspicion of being the perpetrator.

The motive is unclear. The woman's identity has not been released.

"A total of four people with fatal injuries and one other seriously injured person were found in various hospital rooms in one ward," police said in a statement on Wednesday.

An initial survey of the scene indicated that all the victims' injuries could be traced back to "severe external use of force," the statement added.

The exact course of events and the circumstances are still unclear.

The Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel earlier reported that those killed were patients.

The Oberlinklinik hospital complex consists of several specialist clinics.

No further information will be released until the victims' families have been notified.