A car drove into a crowd on a street in western Berlin on Wednesday, killing one person and leaving five with life-threatening injuries, a fire service spokesperson said, in a district of the German capital popular with tourists and shoppers. “It is not yet known whether it was an accident or a deliberate act,” police added.
“A man is believed to have driven into a group of people. It is not yet known whether it was an accident or a deliberate act,” the services said, adding that he was detained at the scene.
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Germany’s mass-selling daily Bild said the man had been driving a small Renault car.
Reuters TV showed a large deployment of fire service and ambulances at the scene, with rescue workers carrying empty stretchers, next to the war-ravaged Gedächtniskirche church, one of Berlin’s best-known landmarks.
Blankets covered what appeared to be a body in a cordoned-off area guarded by police. A small, silver coloured Renault car was lodged inside a shop after smashing through a plate glass window.
The incident took place near the scene of a fatal attack on Dececember 19, 2016, when Anis Amri, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker with Islamist links, hijacked a truck, killed the driver and then plowed it into a crowded western Berlin Christmas market, killing 11 more people and injuring dozens of others.
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