At least four immigrants have been seriously injured after a man intentionally drove into a crowd of immigrants in Germany.
In a hateful attack carried out by a far right racist.
The incident affected Syrian and Afghan migrants.
The driver attempted to escape to the nearby city of Essen, but was stopped and arrested. He made anti-migrant comments during his arrest and interrogation, according to the Muenster police..
“Investigators suspect it was a deliberate attack that may be linked to the xenophobic views of the driver,” the statement said.
Police in the city of Bottrop, in western Germany, said a 50-year-old man drove at a pedestrian, who managed to get out of the way of the vehicle, shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day.
He then drove into the city centre, allegedly ramming a crowd with his Mercedes before fleeing towards the nearby city of Essen where he attempted to drive into a group of people waiting at a bus stop, German newspaper Die Zeit reported.
The spokeswoman for Muenster police, Angela Luettmann couldn’t immediately confirm whether the driver was German but said he came from Essen.
You will recall that in April a German man drove a van into a crowd in Muenster, killing four people and injuring dozens. The driver, who had sought psychological help in the weeks preceding the attack, then killed himself.
On 19 December 2016, a Tunisian man ploughed a truck into a busy Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.
The attack was claimed by Isis and the driver, who fled the scene, was later killed in a shoot-out with police in Italy.