The police announced in a press release. Out of xenophobia, the motorist has to drive in the new year’s eve night in the Ruhr area, several pedestrians and a total of eight people were injured. A 46-Year-old from Syria was life-threatening injuries. She had emergency surgery and is now out of danger. Their two daughters, 16 and 27, as well as her husband were also injured. Also a four-year-old Boy and his mother, who originate from Afghanistan, are among the Victims. A ten-year-old from Syria also had to be treated by a physician.
The 50-year-old German had the “clear intention to kill foreigners”, such as the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of the interior, Herbert Reul (CDU) announced on Tuesday in Bottrop. The case had to be taken “very seriously”, it will be determined with high pressure. Four people were seriously injured in Bottrop, a woman. The culprit was a little taken later in food.
In the first opinion had declared the Essen office of the public Prosecutor and the police authorities in Recklinghausen and Münster, it is assumed that a “targeted attack, which may be due to the xenophobic attitude of the driver”.
“zero tolerance” for perpetrators of violence
A German was aware of several people groups, which would have largely consisted of foreigners, said Reul. It was through the interrogations is clear. It should also be obvious that the man had a mental illness.
It is “very concerned that something like this has happened,” said interior Minister Reul. Therefore, had to be cleared up completely. Reul highlighted, in North Rhine-Westphalia there is “zero tolerance” for perpetrators of violence, “no matter from which corner they will come”.
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