A car ploughed into a carnival parade in the western German town of Volkmarsen on Monday injuring 30 people, including children, some of them seriously, police said, adding it was too early to say what the driver’s motive was.
Regional broadcaster Hessenschau said police believed the driver, identified as a 29-year-old German citizen, had acted deliberately, but that nothing more was immediately known.
German news website HNA cited witnesses as saying the man appeared to have targeted children and had driven “at full throttle” into the crowd, which had gathered for the traditional procession ahead of the Christian season of Lent.
Some people were seriously injured, including children, a police spokesman told Reuters TV.
A third of the injuries were serious and some were life-threatening and that police assumed it was an attack but there were no indications that it was politically motivated.
The incident comes less than a week after a man gunned down 11 people, including himself, in one of the worst racist attacks in Germany since World War Two.
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