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A Norwegian tourist took a bite out of the ear of a man who tried to intervene when he was verbally assaulting a black man on a Berlin train, police said Monday.

The 43-year-old Norwegian was "verbally attacking and provoking" the German man on a commuter train near Berlin when another passenger tried to intervene, a police spokesman told dpa.

The Norwegian then turned on the other passenger and bit off a large chunk of his ear, the spokesman added.

Several passengers on the train restrained the Norwegian man until police arrived on the scene to detain him. The victim was taken to hospital.

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