went After in the Ruhr area, a man from xenophobia with his car multiple times in groups of people, continue the investigation of the backgrounds and circumstances of the fact. The 50-Year-old had been injured on his journey in the new year’s eve night in Bottrop at least five people. Also in Essen, he drove his car to several people there, no one was injured.

for the competent police headquarters in Münster asked in the evening via Twitter to spread images and Videos of the events on the Internet. All recordings should be uploaded instead, on a special Portal from the Federal criminal police office. In addition, witnesses were asked to call the Hotline 0800 3040303. The investigators keep the Tatablauf previously covered, this would be using witness statements reconstructed.

“There was the clear intention of this man, to kill foreigners”

NRW-Minister of the interior, Herbert Reul (CDU) said after the first interrogations of the detainees: “There was the clear intention of this man to kill foreigners.” The man steered the car in Bottrop and Essen-conscious in groups of people, which consisted primarily of foreigners. Among the injured Syrians and Afghans.

Bottrop in the Ruhr area

“Clear intention to kill foreigners”: motorist hunted to pedestrians


In the first opinion, the Essen office of the public Prosecutor and the police authorities had stated in Recklinghausen and Münster, it is assumed that a “targeted attack, which may be due to the xenophobic attitude of the driver”. It is “very concerned that something like this has happened,” said interior Minister Reul. Therefore, had to be cleared up completely. Reul highlighted, in North Rhine-Westphalia there is “zero tolerance” for perpetrators of violence, “no matter from which corner they will come”.

report: Alleged perpetrators to schizophrenic disease

According to “mirror”information is supposed to have said of the 50-Year-old in his interrogation that many foreigners are a Problem for Germany, which he wanted to solve. Therefore, he is supposed to have according to the initial findings of the investigators of a schizophrenic illness. The man had to be hospitalized in the past at least once in a closed establishment, reported the news magazine. Previously, the investigators had indicated that they had a “first information about a mental illness of the driver”.

50-not entered Years previously by the police in appearance

According to the police, the President of Recklinghausen, Friederike Zurhausen, occurred the first attack shortly before midnight on a street in Bottrop. A pedestrian was able to escape but not before a collision.

search of the perpetrators

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Shortly after midnight, the 50-Year-old then drove to a place in a group of people, said Zurhausen. Four people were injured. According to the initial police report, the Syrian and the Afghan government were among them relatives.

the Bolo was put out to tender, 18 minutes later, the man in food could be arrested. Previously, he had tried, according to the police, to drive in another group of people. These were waiting on a bus stop. During the arrest, he was xenophobic.

Zurhausen said, the offender has not yet been entered by the police in appearance. It is unclear whether he is still in psychological treatment. First inlet of the perpetrator were “xenophobic backgrounds” suspect. To the existence of a possible political Background to any findings so far. Currently, investigators are searching the apartment of the man.

horror to the attacks in the cities of Bottrop and Essen

The Bottrop’s mayor Bernd Tischler (SPD) was “horrified and deeply shocked” by the incident. He hoped that the injured would recover soon, he said. “My thoughts are now with the Affected and their families. I wish you all a hopefully quick and full recovery,” said the Lord mayor of Essen, Thomas runners (CDU). He remains in close contact with his Bottrop counterpart Bernd Tischler.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) appealed via Twitter to the citizens: “this is a new year’s resolution for 2019 is clearer than ever, that We stand together against right-wing violence. The fight against the hatred of other people, we will continue with all means of the rule of law is involved.”

The worst were the consequences of the attacks in Bottrop, where the 50-Year-old shortly after midnight in the Central Berlin square, in the lot drove, greeted with firecrackers and rockets in the new year. Four people were injured, including a child. A 46-Year-old was at times in danger of their lives. One other injured, it was later in food. Two other Attempts of the man in Bottrop and eat passers-by to approach have failed. Here, the people were terror.

Marc Herwig, Claus Haffert and Sophia Weimer / fs / DPA / AFP