The court in Germany have arrested a 50-year-old driver who hit a pedestrian in the West of the country, he is suspected of multiple counts of attempted murder, the statement of the Prosecutor of Essen and of the police Presidium Recklinghausen and münster, published on Wednesday.
Previously, the dpa news Agency reported that 50-year-old Andreas N. tried to knock on the car a group of pedestrians in the city of Bottrop in Western Germany, then he tried to run over people at a bus stop in Essen. Injured several people, including the citizens of Syria and Afghanistan, one woman is in serious condition. German media reported that intelligence agencies tend to qualify these actions as a terrorist act, the Prosecutor General’s office of Germany checks an opportunity to make an investigation on the case, reports RIA Novosti.
“The Prosecutor’s office in Essen turned in the second half of the day (01.01) in the district court to request the arrest of a suspect in multiple attempted murder of 50-year-old German from Essen. In the evening a judge issued a warrant for the arrest of the accused. He drove to New years eve in his car in Bottrop and Essen in a crowd of people. In the result, the suspect wounded, according to the latest data, eight people, one of them is in serious condition,” – said in a statement.
According to the investigation, all those who attempted the suspect are foreigners or they have foreign roots. In particular, we are talking about the citizens of Syria, Afghanistan and one citizen of Germany of Turkish origin.
As reported previously, the tabloid Bild, the man made assaults of xenophobic beliefs. The police have information that the man suffers from mental illness, the newspaper reported.