In Germany, one person was killed and eight others were seriously injured by a car that hit passers-by on Wednesday, June 8, at the Kurfürstendamm, a busy artery in Berlin. A place that had already been bruised by the attack of a ram truck in 2016. The driver, whose motives are unknown, was arrested, authorities announced.
Rescuers counted “more than a dozen injured” included five are “between life and death” and three more are “seriously injured,” according to firefighters. They were all taken to hospital. The vehicle, a metallic gray Renault Clio, crashed into a perfume shop window at around 10.30 am, causing a commotion in this commercial and tourist district located near the zoo, west of the capital.
Berlin police said they do not know at this time whether it was an intentional act or a loss of control of the vehicle or “possibly even a medical emergency.” “The investigation is ongoing and it is too early to speculate on the reasons” for the act, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Its perpetrator was dominated by passers-by and later arrested by police, a police officer, Thilo Cablitz, said at the scene. He is a 29-year-old Armenian Armenian.
“Didn’t slow down”
About 130 police officers went to the scene, along with 80 firefighters, securing the road, paying attention on site and interviewing witnesses. The driver first hit a group of passers-by “before continuing his career” for about 150 to 200 m and then finishing it “in a shop window,” Thilo Cabilitz said.
“I was sitting near the fountain and I heard a loud noise, then I saw a person flying through the air” after being hit by the car, Frank Vittchen told AFP. The driver “came out on the sidewalk at high speed but didn’t slow down”then “he went back to the road and fled,” he added.
Another witness, who refused to give his identity, told AFP that he had encountered “a group of students” aged “15 to 16” before passing a red light and continuing on. his career “at an excessive speed.” According to various media, the dead victim is a teacher which accompanied this group.
The memory of an Islamist attack
A body covered in blue and white blankets was lying on the road in the hours following the tragedy, AFP reporters found. The Renault Clio, registered in Berlin, was also seen embedded in the shop window, the passenger door open.
The facts have given rise surprise, the Social Democrat mayor of Berlin, Franziska Giffey, said she was “deeply upset”, as was the German government. They took place nearby memorial church, a landmark in the western part of the German capital, located on one of Berlin’s busiest shopping streets. It is also where an Islamist attack on a truck died on December 19, 2016 12 people in a Christmas market set up at the foot of the church.
The scourge of cars
In recent years, there have been several car attacks in Germany by drivers suffering from psychological disorders. One of the most serious was perpetrated in April 2018 in Münster. A man drove a van against a group of people gathered in front of a restaurant. killing fivebefore committing suicide with a gunshot.
In December 2020, a 51-year-old psychotic and drunk driver killed five people, including a baby, and seriously injured 14 more when he entered a pedestrian zone in Trier just before Christmas. In Volksmarsen, a municipality in the Hesse region (west), also in 2020, a 30-year-old German wounded about 100 people running through the crowd during a carnival parade.