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We expect to see a targeted attack

The new year was an hour old, there was a man made of food, made with his car, apparently hunting to third-party pedestrian. In the middle of the new year's eve night, a 50 is a driven-Year-old with his silver Mercedes in Bottrop in a pedestrian group. At least four people were injured, some seriously. "The investigating authorities are currently looking at a targeted attack", police and prosecutors, "may be due to the xenophobic attitude of the driver." The investigators have, therefore, but also "getting information about a mental illness of the driver".

Three minutes after the turn of the year have to keep the motorists in the West of Bottrop first, the "obvious purpose" to a single pedestrian, reports the authorities. This presumed first victim could still be saved; the identity was on Tuesday, not known.

After that, was the alleged perpetrator about two kilometres further on, in the midst of the new year's eve celebrations in the city centre, in the group of passers-by hazards, including people from Syria and Afghanistan included. On Tuesday afternoon, one of the injured in hospital, said a police spokeswoman.

Finally, the motorist had fled the few miles back to eat. There, too, he tried to drive into a group of people that have been waiting at a bus stop. A road the police stopped the man, then according to their own statements, and was arrested. However, he did say xenophobic. The police headquarters Münster leads the investigation into the case.

The alleged amok journey is reminiscent of an incident in Recklinghausen at the end of December. Also at that time, a motorist drove his car into a pedestrian group, which had been waiting at a bus stop. An 88-year-old woman died and eight people were injured. Investigators that the driver was mentally ill. So far, the police have no evidence about a possible connection between the case in Recklinghausen and travel in the new year's eve night, a spokeswoman said. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 01.01.2019, 16:09 PM

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