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Bottrop and Essen : man moves deliberately pedestrian – police suspect xenophobia as a motive

A 50-year-old drivers in the new year night in Bottrop in the Ruhr area, perhaps out of xenophobic motives in a group of people. At least four people were injured. A 46-year-old woman have temporarily floated in mortal danger, said the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of the interior, Herbert Reul (CDU) on Tuesday in Bottrop. Also a child had been violated. Later, the man drove into the neighboring city of Essen to a group of people and injured a fifth Person easily.

"The investigating authorities are currently targeted attack", with shared public Prosecutor's office and police on Tuesday. "Already at the time of his arrest, the driver said with xenophobic remarks." The man had the "clear intention to kill foreigners", said the NRW Minister of the interior, Herbert Reul (CDU) on Tuesday in Bottrop. The case had to be taken "very seriously", it will be determined with high pressure.

the injured included Syrians and Afghans. In the meantime, the man in Bottrop and Essen tried two more times passers-by to approach. So he failed, however, the people of which came with the horrors. Overall, the police thus of the four crime scenes. The investigators have according to our own representation of "first information about a mental illness of the driver". According to the Minister, Mr Reul, the man is a German citizen.

The food-born man had only minutes after the turn of the year with his attack started. On an access road to the Bottrop city center, the 50-Year-old have to keep up with his car first, on a individual passers-by, and reported to the authorities. However, the pedestrian was able to save himself.

Then it came to the serious incident at the Central Berlin square. The motorist was in a group of people drove just celebrated the new year with firecrackers and rockets. At least four people were injured, some seriously. The injured included Syrians and Afghans, the investigators are informed.

The man fled, according to the then in his home city of Essen. There, he tried once again to drive carefully in a at a bus stop waiting group of people. Then the fourth fact occurred. The police arrested the man a little later. Already he had raised himself to xenophobia, the authorities declared.

more Precisely, the expiration of the did not yet clarified

said the backgrounds and the exact process of fact, many questions are still open: So to be clear, why two of the attack attempts have failed, a police spokeswoman. "Maybe people are running away, maybe that didn't work out for other reasons. To clarify All of this, it is now our task.“ It now witnesses needed to be interviewed.

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