Eight Injured as Stolen Lorry Crashes into Cars in Germany
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – German authorities are investigating a man who drove a stolen lorry into a line of cars in Limburg in the western state of Hesse, injuring eight people.
The 32-year-old had pulled the driver of the vehicle from his cabin at a red light before using the lorry to plough into eight cars waiting at a light near the town’s central railway station at about 5.20pm (1620 BST) on Monday.
The man, a Syrian national named as Omar AI by the national broadcaster ARD, was arrested at the scene.
A number of German media outlets, citing security sources, reported that authorities believed the incident to have a terrorist background. However, a spokesperson for the general public prosecutor in Frankfurt said they could not confirm a terrorist motive and were still investigating the case, The Guardian reported.
According to the news agency dpa, the suspect has lived in Germany since 2015 and was known to the police for a number of minor criminal offences including possession of drugs and theft.
However, he had no known links to Islamist extremist circles.
Marius Hahn, the mayor of Limburg, said he was shocked by the incident. “My thoughts are with the injured victims of the accident and their families,” he said.