At the very least one person was killed and a dozen others ended up injured when a car or truck plowed into a group in a common purchasing district in Berlin on Wednesday early morning, law enforcement mentioned.
“It is not nonetheless recognized regardless of whether it was an incident or intentional motion,” the Berlin Police claimed in a assertion by means of Twitter.
The lethal incident took spot together the hectic shopping avenue Tauentzienstrasse in the west of Germany’s capital at close to 10:30 a.m. regional time. A small car or truck drove into pedestrians right before crashing into a storefront, according to police.
The alleged driver — a 29-year-outdated German-Armenian male dwelling in Berlin — was detained at the scene, police explained.
Speaking to reporters on scene, a police spokesperson confirmed that a overall of 12 individuals ended up injured, in addition to the one demise. Yet another police spokesperson later on told ABC News that eight of the injured ended up in severe issue.
A motive was unidentified and it was unclear whether or not the incident was terror-relevant, in accordance to law enforcement.
The scene was around the Breitscheidplatz, a general public square in Berlin in which 13 men and women had been killed when an extremist intentionally drove a truck into a Xmas sector in 2016.
U.S. officers have been told that German authorities are actively attempting to figure out no matter if Wednesday’s incident was an intentional ramming. There was issue supplied the proximity to the 2016 assault, ABC Information has acquired.
ABC News’ Guy Davies, Alice Chambers, Rashid Haddou, Sarah Hucal and Josh Margolin contributed to this report.