In the aftermath of the attack on a busy Berlin street on Wednesday (June 8th), prosecutors will now ask that the man, accused of driving a car through a crowd, be kept in psychiatric care, the agency reported. press release quoting a spokesman for the prosecution. The driver of the car apparently showed signs of mental illness, according to the spokesperson.
One person was killed and eight injured when a German-Armenian man charged into a group of people in the German capital, sparking terrorism fears. The incident happened on Rankestrasse near the main shopping district Breitscheidplatz.
Spokesman Sebastian Buechner said the 29-year-old showed “relatively strong” signs of paranoid schizophrenia.
Buechner said a political motive is ruled out, however, further investigation into the incident will reveal case details as to whether mental illness was the cause of the crime.
Meanwhile, quoted by Reuters, an eyewitness to the fatal car crash said the driver apologized immediately after the attack, telling police “I didn’t mean that”.
In a tragic accident, a teacher from a small town in the central state of Hesse was killed and a teacher was seriously injured.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz condemned the attack. He called her “cruelly unleashed”. Meanwhile, Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey told local media that the accused was “severely mentally retarded”.
Police released a brief statement saying they believe the attack was “an intentional act” by the “allegedly mentally ill 29-year-old”.
About 130 rescue workers were deployed to the scene, where several people were seriously injured and some were airlifted by helicopter for treatment.
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