Man deliberately ran auto into pedestrians in Germany
Man deliberately ran auto into pedestrians in Germany
A man has been arrested after driving into a crowd in Germany
03 January, 2019, 04:24
He injured a four-year-old Afghan boy and his mother, 29, as well as a 10-year-old Syrian girl.
According to the authorities the suspect had made anti-foreigner comments during his arrest and the attack was thought to have been premeditated.
The German security services are reportedly treating the 50-year-old man's intentional ramming into pedestrians in Bottrop and Essen as an act of terrorism, media reported.
At least five people celebrating the new year in a west German city were injured by a driver who tried to ram pedestrians with his vehicle in a series of apparently racist attacks.
He then drove into the city centre, where he slammed his silver Mercedes into a crowd, injuring four.
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Another witness, who runs a clothing shop in the area, said: "I am shocked that something like this happened on Takeshita Street". Kusakabe drove around 140 meters the wrong way on the one-way street, hitting eight men aged between 19 to 51, the police said.
Police said the man then headed towards the nearby town of Essen in North Rhine-Westphalia, in the western part of Germany, where he was arrested. She said one of the four people injured remained in hospital.
They said there was also preliminary information that the man was mentally ill but he had no prior police record.
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Eight people, including two children, were wounded in an assault that police described as a "targeted attack motivated by the driver's hostility to foreigners".
The man fled on foot, but police found him shortly after in a park, according to The Japan Times. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group. The driver, who fled the scene, was later killed in a shootout with police in Italy.
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