A man drove into a crowd in Germany, killing one person, injuring two others

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By NTD Newsroom
February 26, 2017World News

A man drove into a crowd standing outside a bakery in the southwestern German town of Heidelberg on February 25, killing one and injuring two people, but the authorities said there were no indications that it was a terrorist attack.

Police said a 73-year-old German man died in hospital after being seriously injured and the two other people who were injured—a 32-year-old Austrian man and a 29-year-old woman from Bosnia-Herzegovina—received hospital treatment but were later discharged.

According to the police, the suspect was seen getting out of the car with a knife and was later tracked down near a local swimming pool. He is now in a hospital in Heidelberg, having been shot by police while being arrested, which left him seriously injured.

“As yet nothing is known about the background or motivation for his behavior. We also don’t know what his present state of health is. We know that he is being treated, and that he is seriously injured, but I cannot tell you what the present medical diagnosis is,” said Heiko Kranz, spokesman for Manheim police.

Investigations by the public prosecutors’ office in Heidelberg and the criminal police from Heidelberg and Mannheim were continuing, police said.

“Obviously we are securing the evidence, you can see here in the background that criminologists are at work, who will find all sort of DNA and fingerprints in the car. Then the identity of the man will play a role.

“If he is fit to be interrogated, then he will be questioned about his behaviour, so that we can discover more information. And obviously we will investigate everything that happened before and after the attack,” Kranz said.

Regional newspaper Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung said he was not well enough to be questioned.

The newspaper cited police as saying the suspect was a young German man and that the suspect had stopped at a red traffic light, and when it turned green put his foot down before hitting the group of people at high speed and smashing into a pillar.

The German authorities are on high alert after a failed Tunisian asylum-seeker drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, killing 12 people.


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