In central Berlin, at 10:30 a.m. a person drove over pedestrians. One was killed. According to “Built”, a letter was found in the offender’s car indicating a deliberate act.
The Metallic Gray Renault Cleo crashed into a perfume shop window at 10:30 a.m. (08:30 GMT), causing a stir in the business and tourist district near the zoo on the west side. The capital was hit by a Ram truck attack in 2016.
Its teacher was attacked by passersby and later arrested by police, police official Thilo Cablitz said. He is a 29-year-old German-Armenian.
According to German popular media PictureA letter indicating a deliberate act committed in the car was found.
130 police officers and 80 firefighters
About 130 police officers accompanied 80 firefighters to the scene, guarding the road and conducting on-site maintenance and interviewing witnesses.
The driver first hit a group of passers-by 150 to 200m “before continuing his race” and then finished “in a window”, Mr. Coblitz said.
“I was sitting near the fountain when I heard a loud noise and saw a person flying in the air,” Witness Frank Whitsen told AFP.
The driver “went on the sidewalk at high speed, but he did not put the brakes”, and then “he ran back to the road,” he added.
Another witness, who refused to give his identity, said the AFP had promised to run into a “group of students between the ages of 15 and 16” before lighting a red light and continuing his race. “At high speed”.
According to several media outlets, the deceased was the teacher who accompanied the group. Within hours of the tragedy, a body covered in blue and white blankets lay on the road, AFP journalists found.
The Renault Cleo, registered in Berlin, was also visible, embedded in the shop window, and the passenger door opened.
Like the German government, Berlin’s social-democratic mayor, Francisco Kifi, said he was “deeply saddened” by the facts.
They took place near the Memorial Church, a major monument in the western part of the German capital, located in Kஃrferstentum, one of Berlin’s busiest shopping streets.
On December 19, 2016, 12 people were killed in an attack by Islamists by a Ram truck on a Christmas market set up at the base of the church.
There have been several car-raming attacks in Germany in recent years by drivers suffering from psychological disorders.
One of the most serious was performed in April 2018 in Munster. A man drove a mini-van over a group of people gathered in front of a restaurant, killing five of them and shooting himself.
In December 2020, a 51-year-old drunk and mentally ill driver killed five people, including a child, and seriously injured 14 when he entered a pedestrian area in Trier just before Christmas.
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