A racially-motivated attack in Germany aimed at Syrian and Afghan citizens has sent four people to the hospital, and police have arrested the man who they say premeditated the attack, the Independent is reporting.
Shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day, the driver, whose name has not been released as of this writing, allegedly drove at a pedestrian in the city of Bottrop. The pedestrian managed to jump out of the way, but the man was not done; he headed towards the city center, where New Years Day celebrations were in full swing. There, he drove his car into a crowd of Syrian and Afghan citizens, hitting at least four.
He then fled the city, heading towards the nearby city of Essen, where he again attempted to drive into a crowd of people waiting at a bus stop. There were no injuries, and the man again fled the scene.