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Berlin motorway crashes ‘a possible terror attack’

Police officers investigate the scene of a series of allegedly deliberate car crashes on highway A100 in Berlin, Germany, August 19, 2020Image copyright
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A man who rammed several vehicles on a motorway in Berlin is being investigated for what prosecutors say was “an Islamist-motivated attack”.

Three people were seriously injured when the suspect’s car collided with vehicles on the A100 motorway shortly before 19:00 (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday evening.

Witnesses said the 30-year-old Iraqi suspect claimed to have a “dangerous object” in a box of ammunition.

Nothing was later found inside.

The man is said to have deliberately caused three crashes on the road near the centre of Berlin. One involved a motorcyclist whose motorbike was rammed into a car. The motorcyclist is reportedly in a life-threatening condition. The three occupants of the car were also hurt.

Prosecutors are investigating the attack as having either a political or religious motive but they have not ruled out psychological issues. “Because of the circumstances we don’t see this as a random accident,” the Berlin prosecutor’s spokesperson said on Wednesday. “Latest indications points to an Islamist-motivated attack.”

Named by German media as Samrad A, the suspect lives in refugee accommodation and reports suggest he may have been radicalised there. He is expected to face three charges of attempted murder.

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