Man drives into crowd in apparent anti-immigrant attack in Germany

Man drives into crowd in apparent anti-immigrant attack in Germany

Man drives into crowd in apparent anti-immigrant attack in Germany

His victims included Syrian and Afghan nationals.

A police spokeswoman said Syrian and Afghan citizens were among those injured, but gave no further details.

"Investigating authorities are now working on the assumption that this was a targeted attack, possibly motivated by the anti-foreigner views of the driver", police said, adding that there were indications the suspect suffered from mental illness. Police fatally shot the 48-year-old man, who they said was mentally ill and had wanted to commit suicide.

Police say a German man who drove into crowds and injured eight people in what appear to have been intentional attacks against foreigners has been ordered kept in detention pending possible formal charges.

"Investigating authorities are now working on the assumption that this was a targeted attack, possibly motivated by the anti-foreigner views of the driver", police said.

Two other attempts by the 50-year-old driver to hit people in his Mercedes failed, according to Associated Press.

The German man is accused of accelerating his vehicle at groups of revellers in Bottrop and Essen, two cities in the west of Germany.

In April, a German man drove a van into a crowd in Muenster, killing four people and injuring dozens.

"In addition, investigators have preliminary information about a mental illness of the driver".

The attack occurred after midnight on New Year's Eve at a crowded plaza in Bottrop.

"Investigating authorities are now working on the assumption that this was a targeted attack, possibly motivated by the anti-foreigner views of the driver", police said, adding that there were indications the suspect had a mental illness.

The man was not formerly known to police. The attack was later claimed by the Islamic State group.

Police said the driver had earlier tried to mow down one pedestrian, who managed to get out of the way.

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