Police arrest man after Berlin accident

Berlin car accident: teacher seriously injured in attack that killed colleague, police say | world news

A car bombing in Berlin that killed a teacher and injured 14 children on a school trip has left a second teacher seriously injured, police said.

Teachers and pupils were visiting the German capital from a state nearly five hours away when their journey “ended in a nightmare”, said Olaf Scholz, the chancellor.

A total of 32 people were injured when a German-Armenian man drives a car in a crowd near a busy Wednesday shopping area.

The 29-year-old man has a history of mental health issues and is “most likely” suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, officials said Thursday.

He will be charged with murder and attempted murder and a request will be filed to transfer him to a mental institution, prosecutors added.

Police are working to establish a possible motive, but there is “evidence it may have been an intentional act by a man suspected of mental illness”, officers said.

The investigation is continuing in “all directions”, added the police.

Sebastian Buchner, Berlin’s attorney general, said investigators had ruled out any connection to terrorism.

A passerby managed to quickly stop the man on Wednesday morning after he drove the car into a shop window.

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Man arrested after Berlin accident

Posters about Turkey were found in the back of the car, which belongs to his sister.

Police investigating a possible link between the posters and the attack – Armenia has strained relations with Turkey – later confirmed there was no connection.

The town’s mayor, Franziska Giffey, said investigators were trying to decipher the “confused statements” the driver sometimes made.

The attack happened around 10.30am on Rankestrasse, a street near Breitscheidplatz in the city’s main shopping district, where 11 people were killed at a Christmas market in 2016.

Officers said seven students on the trip were treated for serious injuries in hospital and seven escaped with minor injuries.

Seventeen bystanders were injured and received medical treatment and 50 others received psychological treatment.

Mr Scholz described the attack as a ‘horrendous act’ and said he hoped those caught up in the crash made a speedy recovery.

He tweeted: “The journey of a school class from Hesse to Berlin ends in a nightmare. We are thinking of the relatives of the dead and injured, including many children. I wish them all a speedy recovery.”

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