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World German police raise toll of carnival car attack

01:40  26 february  2020
01:40  26 february  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Dozens of people were hurt when a man ploughed his car through a crowd during carnival festivities in the western German town of Volkmarsen. Police and the Frankfurt General Prosecutor's Office are investigating the incident as an "attempted homicide" but have not yet called it an attack , although the

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The number of people confirmed as injured after a car ploughed into a carnival crowd in western Germany has risen to 52, police say.

a group of people in a car: Police confirmed 52 people had been injured, among them 18 children © Getty Images Police confirmed 52 people had been injured, among them 18 children

Eighteen of those hurt in Monday's incident are children. In total 35 people remain in hospitals.

A 29-year-old German citizen was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide in the town of Volkmarsen.

Police say the motive is unclear. Der Spiegel says the suspect was drunk at the time, although this is unconfirmed.

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Frankfurt police chief Gerhard Bereswill said there had been a second arrest in Volksmaren, but he did not say how the person was connected.

The person arrested was filming behind the car at the time, German media report.

What happened in Volkmarsen?

The incident took place during celebrations for Rosenmontag, or Rose Monday - a carnival day celebrated in some parts of Germany, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland.

A silver Mercedes drove through plastic barricades set up for the parade and into a group of people at about 14:45 local time (13:45 GMT).

Eyewitnesses told German media that the driver had accelerated toward the crowd and appeared to target children.

Police said they believed it was an attack but that there was no indication of a political motive, according to Bild newspaper.

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Police called off all carnival parades in the German state of Hesse, where Volkmarsen is located, as a precautionary measure, but said they were not aware of any danger elsewhere in Germany . The incident comes less than a week after a man gunned down 11 people, including himself

Police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene in Volkmarsen, a small town in northern Hesse, 263 miles, 423 km west of Berlin. German media said the driver deliberately broke through plastic barriers set up by police around the parade area. The car had continued driving through the crowd for about

The Frankfurt prosecutor's office said the suspect was being treated for injuries sustained in the incident, but would later be brought before an investigating judge.

a group of people on a sidewalk next to a car: The car reportedly drove through plastic barricades set up around the parade © Getty Images The car reportedly drove through plastic barricades set up around the parade

Steffen Roettger said his two daughters were at the parade and called him after the incident happened. "My 10-year-old was pulled aside and only narrowly avoided being hit," he told broadcaster NTV.

He said his daughter was "in shock" after seeing people "lying around everywhere."

What has the reaction been?

Police have set up a portal for people to submit pictures or videos of the incident. They have also created an information centre for anyone affected at the town hall.

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Hesse state leader Volker Bouffier said he was "shocked at the terrible act".

In a statement, he shared his condolences with the victims and their families, while urging people not to speculate about possible motives.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her thoughts were with those injured and their relatives.

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