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    German Court Orders Arrest of Bottrop Car Attack Suspect - Police

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    BERLIN (Sputnik) - A German court has issued an arrest warrant for a driver suspected of intentionally ramming his car into pedestrians in the cities of Bottrop and Essen, the prosecutor's and police statement said Wednesday.

    "In the afternoon (01.01), the Essen public prosecutor's office requested a district court to issue an arrest warrant for a 50-year-old German from Essen who is suspected of several attempted murders. In the evening, the judge issued an arrest warrant for the suspect. He ploughed his car into crowds of people in Bottrop and Essen on the New Year's eve. As a result, according to the latest data, eight people sustained injuries, one of them is in serious condition," a joint statement by the Essen public prosecutor's office and police of the cities of Recklinghausen and Muenster said.

    READ MORE: Man Rams Vehicle Into Crowd in Western Germany, Four Injured — Police

    According to the police, all people targeted in the attack are either foreigners or those of foreign descent, including Syrian and Afghan nationals, as well as a German citizen of Turkish origin.

    The statement comes after, on Tuesday, the police reported that at least four had been injured in the incident. According to the police, they are suspecting xenophobic motives behind the ramming, and also have information that the attacker might have some mental issues.

    On the New Year's night, the driver, 50, repeatedly tried to plough his Mercedes car into passers-by in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia — first in Bottrop, then in Essen. The driver was detained.

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