Bottrop and Essen car attack

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Bottrop and Essen car attack
Bottrop and Essen car attack is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Bootrop
Bootrop
Essen
Essen
Bottrop and Essen car attack (North Rhine-Westphalia)
LocationBottrop and Essen, Germany
Date31 December 2018 and 1 January 2019
TargetPeople of foreign heritage
Attack type
Vehicular attack
WeaponsSilver Mercedes Benz car[1]
Deaths0
Non-fatal injuries
8[2]
AssailantsAndreas N.[2]
MotiveXenophobia
Racism

On 31 December 2018 and 1 January 2019, a car was intentionally driven into crowds of people in the cities of Bottrop and Essen in Germany, injuring eight[2] people.[3][4][5] The authorities classify the incident as a terrorist attack.[6]

Attack[edit]

On New Year's Eve, a 50-year-old attacker tried to hit a person with his car in Bottrop, but the man was able to avoid the vehicle. Minutes later, the man drove his car into a crowd of people at the Berliner Platz in Bottrop, injuring two men from Syria and Afghanistan, along with a woman and a child.[7] In Essen, the man tried again to drive into a crowd of people who were waiting for a bus. Police stopped the man on the Rabenhorst street. Upon his arrest, the man reportedly expressed xenophobic and racist motives.[8] The attacker is reported to have schizophrenia.[9]

Reaction[edit]

Herbert Reul, Minister of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia said about the attack, that the perpetrator "wanted to kill people of foreign heritage."[10]

Victims[edit]

Casualties by nationality
Country Injuries Ref.
 Syria 5 [11]
 Afghanistan 2
Unknown 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Germany: Man deliberately drives car at pedestrians". Deutsche Welle. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Haas, Daniel (2 January 2019). "Anschlag in Bottrop: Haftbefehl gegen Deutschen wegen mehrfachen versuchten Mordes erlassen" [Attack in Bottrop: Warrant issued against a German men for multiple attempted murders]. Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Attacke in Bottrop: Autofahrer hatte die "klare Absicht, Ausländer zu töten"" [Attack in Bottrop: Car driver had "clear intention to kill foreigners"]. Spiegel Online (in German). 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Suspected far-right attacker 'intentionally' rams car into crowd of Syrian and Afghan citizens in Germany". The Independent. 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Man drives into crowd in Germany, injuring 4 in apparent attack on foreigners, police say". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Amokfahrt von Bottrop: "Klare Absicht, Ausländer zu töten" – Neue Details zum Täter" [Amokfahrt von Bottrop: "Clear intention to kill foreigners" – New details on the culprit]. Merkur (in German). 2 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  7. ^ Süselbeck, Kai (1 January 2019). "Amokfahrt in Bottrop: Ermittler sprechen von vier Tatorten". Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Silvesternacht in Bottrop: Mann fährt gezielt Fußgänger um - möglicherweise Anschlag". Spiegel Online (in German). 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  9. ^ Zeit.de: "Die Gesellschaft liefert Futter für Hassfantasien"
  10. ^ "Autofahrer hatte die "klare Absicht, Ausländer zu töten"". Zeit (in German). 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Angriff im Ruhrgebiet: Zahl der Verletzten in Bottrop und Essen erhöht sich". Zeit Online (in German). 2 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.