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Series of crashes on major Berlin road an ‘Islamist extremist attack’

Written by on 19/08/2020

A series of crashes caused by a 30-year-old Iraqi man on a major road in Berlin was an Islamist extremist attack, German prosecutors have said.

Six people were injured, three of them severely, when the man allegedly drove into several vehicles, including a motorbike, along a stretch of the city’s motorway on Tuesday evening.

The crashes at three different locations lead to a complete closure of one of the main traffic arteries in the German capital and caused long traffic jams.

Police officers investigate the scene of a series of allegedly deliberate car crashes on highway A100 in Berlin, Germany, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Image: Three people were severely injured in the crashes

“According to the current state of our investigation, this was an Islamist-motivated attack,” Germany’s public prosecutor’s office told news agency dpa.

The suspect’s identity was not revealed, as is customary in Germany, and he is being investigated for attempted murder.

There were reports that the suspect was suffering from psychological problems, dpa reported.

It was also reported that the man, who was driving an Opel Astra, later stopped on the motorway and put a box on the roof of his car before claiming it contained explosives.

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Police officers investigate the scene of a series of allegedly deliberate car crashes on highway A100 in Berlin, Germany, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Image: Police officers investigating the scene of the crashes on Tuesday evening

However, when specialists opened the box, they only found tools.

The man was detained by police.

German media also reported that the man shouted “allahu akbar” or “God is great” as he got out of his car.

One of the people injured is in a life-threatening condition, dpa reported.

Around 300 people were stuck on the motorway for hours and were getting support from the German Red Cross, according to the Berlin fire department.

 Sky News

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