Suspected Islamist attack on German motorway injures six

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  • Thursday, 20 Aug 2020

BERLIN, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- A series of crashes on a highway in German capital that injured six people were assumed to be an Islamist attack, the public prosecutor's office in Berlin and local police announced in a joint statement on Wednesday.

"We have relevant clues that lead to the Islamist milieu," Martin Steltner, spokesman for the public prosecutor's office in Berlin, said during a press conference.

On Tuesday evening, a man purposely caused accidents on the city highway in Berlin, and in particular, "hunted down" motorcyclists. These collisions were not to be classified as accidents, but as "targeted attacks," added Steltner.

After causing the accidents, the suspect placed an old ammunition box on his car roof, which was considered a "dangerous object" before special forces examined the box and only found tools, Steltner said about the course of events.

A 30-year-old Iraqi was arrested and an investigation for attempted murder in several cases was launched, according to Steltner. He also pointed out that there were "indications from the past that the man had psychological problems."

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