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A man moves to a pedestrian – police suspect xenophobia as a motive

A man driving in the new year's eve night in the Ruhr area appear to be the same several times with the car pedestrian. At least four people were injured, as the Essen office of the public Prosecutor and the police informed authorities in Recklinghausen, Munster on Tuesday. It is presumed to be a targeted attack, "possibly due to the xenophobic attitude of the driver," write the authorities.

The 50-Year-old was reported shortly after midnight, with his silver-colored Mercedes in Bottrop on purpose to a pedestrian. This could save a clash. After that, the man drove further towards the city centre, and there, in a group of people. At least four people were injured, some of them seriously, the police announced. Among the victims of the Syrian and the Afghan state are therefore members.

Also in the neighboring eat the man tried, according to the police, to ride in a group of people. These were waiting on a bus stop.

Finally, the man in Essen, was stopped by police and arrested. However, he said, according to the xenophobic. It first information about a mental illness of the man before were also explained to the police.

(mch/afp)

Created: 01.01.2019, 14:10 PM

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