A man intentionally rammed a car into a crowd at a carnival procession in the German town of Volkmarsen, injuring dozens of people, police said. The suspect, a 29-year-old German citizen, has been arrested but no details about his name or possible motive have been released.
Independent Police spokesman Henning Hinn confirmed that Monday’s crash was deliberate, adding: “There were several dozen injured, among them some seriously and sadly also children.”
He did not provide further details about the suspect’s possible motive.
The vehicle, registered to a person in Waldeck-Frankenberg district, plowed into the crowd at high speed injuring 30, some seriously. A third of the injured were children, Hessenschau reported.
Frankfurt police chief Gerhard Bereswill was quoted as saying by local media that 30 people were injured, seven of whom were in serious condition.
The incident occurred during “Rosenmontagszug”, a German carnival parade which takes place in cities across the country on the Monday before Ash Wednesday.
In 2016, a Tunisian Muslim man with Islamic extremist militant ties plowed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people. He was later shot dead by Italian police after he fled Germany.