Germany – Car hits passers-by in pedestrian zone: two dead

Germany – Car hits passers-by in pedestrian zone: two dead
Germany – Car hits passers-by in pedestrian zone: two dead

A man driving a car killed at least two passers-by on Tuesday in Trier. He was arrested by the police, who still do not know the causes of the incident.

Posted today at 2:58 p.m.

The police asked the population to avoid the pedestrian zone in the city center, where an important security device has been deployed.

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A car hit passers-by on Tuesday in a pedestrian area in Trier, southwest Germany, killing two and injuring around 15, city police said. Its driver was arrested, police said.

The police were not able early Tuesday afternoon to specify whether it was an accident, the gesture of a madman or a possible attack with the ram car.

At least two people have been killed and several injured in this town in Rhineland-Palatinate, in southwestern Germany, not far from the border with Luxembourg, police said on Twitter.

Fifteen people were injured, some “seriously”, according to the mayor of the city, Wolfram Leibe, referring to a “crazy driver”. The vehicle was seized by investigators and a man was arrested, local police added, without giving further details.

Avoid area

The police and the municipality of Trier have asked the population to avoid this pedestrian zone in the center of the city where an important security device has been deployed.

A short video of the pedestrian zone showed overturned stalls and debris on the pavement.

Tense context

If the origin of these facts is not yet established, they intervene in a tense context in Germany. German authorities are on the alert regarding the Islamist threat to the country, particularly since a ram truck attack claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 12 people in December 2016 in Berlin. This jihadist attack is the deadliest ever committed on German soil.

Since 2009, German authorities have foiled 17 such attack attempts, the majority of which since the 2016 attack, according to the Interior Ministry.

Recently, a 20-year-old Syrian man is suspected of having killed a passer-by with a knife in the street in Dresden and of having injured a second for Islamist motives. He was stopped.

The police also dismantled in the spring of 2020 in North Rhine-Westphalia a cell of suspected terrorists from Tajikistan linked to the Islamic State group, said the anti-terrorism prosecutor, Peter Frank, on November 1. “Germany and Western Europe are still in the crosshairs of radical Islamists,” he warned.

Multiplied by five

Since 2013, the number of Islamists considered dangerous in Germany has increased fivefold to currently stand at 615, according to the Interior Ministry. That of the Salafists is estimated at around 11,000, which is twice as much as in 2013.

In 2020, 320 new investigations were opened in Germany involving a link with the Islamist threat, a declining figure which nevertheless says “nothing about the qualitative danger” of it, according to Peter Frank.

In addition to the ram truck attack on the capital’s Christmas market, ISIS claimed in 2016 a knife murder in Hamburg, a bomb attack in Ansbach that left 15 people injured and killed the assailant, as well. than an ax attack on a train in Bavaria (5 wounded) whose perpetrator was shot dead by police.

Germany also faces far-right terrorism, with several fatal shootings over the past two years in Halle on Yom Kippur, or Hanau, in February, targeting shisha bars.

AFP/NXP

Posted today at 2:58 p.m.

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