It is possible that some victims with minor injuries have not yet reported, says Reul
On Wednesday he added that no evidence of contacts in the right-wing extremist scene had been found in the man. It seems that the alleged perpetrator “then developed hatred of strangers out of personal dismay and resentment,” said Interior Minister WDR 5. An arrest warrant was issued for multiple attempted murder.
Videos of the trip are circulating on the net
There are video recordings from Bottrop which obviously show the man’s journey. They are circulating on WhatsApp. The car in the recordings is not moving fast when it turns off Osterfelder Strasse in the direction of Berliner Platz and does not brake either, although there are people on the street there. You can get to safety.
Moments of horror: The screenshot shows the car on Berliner Platz in Bottrop. t-online.de has not yet been able to find the original source of the video. (Source: screenshot)
But then the car reaches Berliner Platz. Rockets soar, at first hardly anyone takes any notice of the car that drives past the side of the stage. People in front of the car turn around, grab the hood – and the car continues. The driver turns left towards a white pavilion. When he backs off, you see a person lying on the ground, people are now screaming, looking for protection.
A third video shows from a slightly different perspective how a woman on Berliner Platz is lighting fireworks on the ground and then leaping to the side because the Mercedes is walking towards her with a person on the hood. The car brakes, backs up and then drives quickly from Berliner Platz with the hazard warning lights on. Another person only escapes a collision by jumping.
Escape: The Mercedes is driving from Berliner Platz in Bottrop after the driver had previously targeted people there and injured several. (Source: screenshot)
The gunman, according to “Bild” information, the building cleaner Andreas N., was being treated for psychological problems, the first investigations show. According to “Spiegel”, he is said to have a schizophrenic illness and was previously admitted to a closed facility.
The police in the region have had experience in similar cases. Shortly before Christmas, a 32-year-old German drove into a bus stop in Recklinghausen, possibly with suicide, and injured 14 people. An 88 year old woman died. In April, 48-year-old Jens R. drove into a crowd in a camping bus in Münster and then shot himself. Six dead and more than 20 injured were the sad result. There was no evidence of political motives, it was finally said.
After Bottrop went amok, the perpetrator himself gave the hint that this time it could be different. The police can stop him in his hometown of Essen only 18 minutes after the killing spree in Bottrop, and the man says things that suggest his motive. “The driver made xenophobic remarks when he was arrested,” the police said.mockingbird paper Several of the victims are asylum seekers, including people from Syria and Afghanistan.
According to Interior Minister Reul, the suspect is German. The 50-year-old had not yet been noticed as a neo-Nazi by the state security service. Further investigations are ongoing, says Recklinghausen’s police chief Friederike Zurhausen at the press conference. “We are about to search his apartment.” Otherwise he is not known to the police. The man had expressed himself in a first interrogation. “The statements suggest that there are xenophobic backgrounds,” said the police chief. It was not more specific.
The number of injuries could increase
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul came to Bottrop on New Year’s Day and asked Lord Mayor Bernd Tischler (SPD) to show him where the car drove to the square and into the people. In Bottrop, the celebrations for the city’s 100th birthday should begin with the “New Years”, a concert at 2 pm. “Of course, I canceled the festival in view of the terrible events,” says the mayor.
The news of the cancellation was already spreading in Bottrop when the whole background was still not clear to many. “My thoughts are with the injured,” says Tischler.
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How many injured there are in the end is not really clear, said Interior Minister Reul. A woman was in mortal danger in the meantime, and a child was among the injured. Some victims with minor injuries may not have reported yet, says Reul. Police chief Zurhausen assures that the victims are looked after by victim protection officers and not left alone. On Wednesday, the authorities said eight people were injured.
The police asks for information from eyewitnesses on the hotline 0800-3040303. Videos can also be uploaded to a BKA portal.
Note d. Red .: This article was updated on Wednesday with new information about the driver and the number of injuries.
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The water police stopped a completely drunk captain on the Kiel Canal in Schleswig-Holstein. The test showed a value of around 3.3 per mille blood alcohol.
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A sea pilot informed the water police on Friday that the skipper of the freighter flying the flag of Malta was apparently under the influence of alcohol. The seaman was later caught up and stopped by the police.
And indeed, the captain drove his freighter through the Kiel Canal with a lot of alcohol in his blood. During a control, a breath alcohol concentration of 3.29 per mille was found, as the police reported.
Criminal charges were brought against the skipper.
It started at a waste paper container, the excursion ended at the police station. A rooster that had broken off occupied the officials in Castrop-Rauxel.
Exciting evening program for a rooster in Castrop-Rauxel: a recalcitrant Gockel employed police officers on Sunday evening – but an attempt to break away from a guard failed. First of all, the bird, which was freely roaming around for an as yet unexplained cause, was noticed by a man near a waste paper container in the city center, as the police reported on Monday. The rooster then got into his car through the open trunk lid.
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The man therefore put a cardboard box over the tap. Then he asked a police patrol, who happened to be passing by, what to do next. The officers took the rooster and wanted to hand him over to animal rights activists. “When trying to load the rooster out of the box into a transport box, it fled through several rooms of the guard amid loud protests,” said the police. The animal rights activists, who now wanted to take care of the bird, finally managed to catch the rooster. “Hahn is safe!” Was the final message.
The police are investigating the exact circumstances of a freighter accident in the Kiel North Lock to the Kiel Canal. The ship had crashed into a gate. The evaluation of the radio traffic should provide information.
After the accident of a freighter in the Kiel lock on the Kiel Canal, the police, in coordination with the public prosecutor’s office, initiated investigations into suspicion of endangering shipping traffic. They were directed against the responsible skipper, said a police spokesman on Tuesday the German press agency. The investigators are checking whether human or technical error led to the accident.
The 88-meter-long freighter “Else”, flying the Panamanian flag, crashed into a closed gate of the north lock on Saturday on its way from Lithuania to France. Nobody got hurt. The ship’s crew then pleaded technical failure. The ship was carrying ammonium nitrate, which is used to make fertilizers.
The lock was closed
“There was radio traffic before the accident, the recordings have already been requested,” said the police spokesman. “One thing is certain, the lock was closed and the red light was on.”
It is still unclear why there was no pilot on board the “Else”. “We know that a pilot had been requested,” said the head of the Kiel-Holtenau waterways and shipping office, Detlef Wittmüß. This is also a requirement when a ship of this size enters the lock.
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The lock was badly damaged in the accident. Tugs brought the freighter to the nearby Lindenau shipyard. For the time being, the ship is not allowed to continue sailing. According to Wittmüß, the damaged lock gate should still be removed on Tuesday. The reserve gate will be prepared on Wednesday. The chamber could probably be used again in the coming days. Until then, the Kiel Canal can continue to be navigated via the south lock.
In Vietnam, a typhoon claimed several lives. Civil protection is on duty and is looking for missing people. A popular tourist destination is also affected.
At least five people were killed in a tropical cyclone in Vietnam. At least 13 coastal residents were still missing on Monday, according to the national civil protection agency. The typhoon called Wipha particularly hit the province of Thanh Hoa on the north coast of the Southeast Asian country. A village there was almost completely destroyed by the water masses.
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The Halong Bay with its striking limestone cliffs, which is under the protection of the world cultural heritage and is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, is also affected. The rains have lasted for several days. It also rained heavily in the capital Hanoi on Monday.
A 68-year-old from Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen and a 27-year-old woman from Berlin perished in the Karwendel Mountains. Both could only be recovered dead.
A 27-year-old woman from Berlin and a 68-year-old from the Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district died on mountain tours in the Karwendel Mountains.
The 68-year-old was on Thursday with two companions on the Mittenwalder Höhenweg in the border area of Tyrol and Bavaria. When he had already left the via ferrata, he fell for unknown reasons on a marked path 150 meters over rocky terrain, the police reported on Friday. The companions immediately notified the rescue workers, who could only determine the death of the man.
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The 27-year-old was on a multi-day hut tour with a woman of the same age. They had just crossed the “Frau-Hitt-Sattel” near Innsbruck when one of them fell 50 meters. The body of the 27-year-old was recovered by the crew of a police helicopter.
In Hesse, a woman was killed while driving a tractor at night. She was traveling with two other people. According to the police, the driver had to undergo an alcohol test.
A woman was killed and another was slightly injured during a nocturnal joyride with a tractor in Dillenburg, Hesse. As the police announced on Sunday, a 49-year-old went on a tractor excursion with the two women after the three had partied together.
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However, the vehicle then overturned on unpaved terrain and buried one of the two women under itself. She died at the scene of the accident. The second woman was slightly injured. The cause of the accident was initially unclear, but the driver was ordered to have a blood test on suspicion of alcohol consumption.
Sources used: AFP news agency
Booming traffic: Ships on the Kiel Canal in Schleswig-Holstein (source: imago images) The federal government wants to expand the Kiel Canal over its entire length of around 100 kilometers and raise 280 million euros for it. Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee announced this on Monday. The decision to award the planning contract was made last week. “We are now creating the conditions for ships 280 meters long and 33 meters wide to be able to navigate the Kiel Canal continuously,” said the SPD politician.