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Germany: Ten injured as automotive drives into carnival parade | Global Information

Ten people have been injured after a car drove into a carnival parade in Germany.

Police say the driver has been arrested following the incident in Volkmarsen in the central state of Hesse.

Germany’s Hessenschau broadcaster has said police have confirmed the driver is a 29-year-old German citizen.

The regional station said police had told it they had no immediate information about the man’s motive, but believed he had acted intentionally.

German news website HNA cited witnesses as saying the driver appeared to have deliberately targeted children and had driven into the crowd “at full throttle”.

A police officer can be seen stood near to a Mercedes that appears to have been involved in the crash
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A police officer approaches a Mercedes after the crash

Local reports suggest children are among those who have been injured.

The German newspaper Bild said more than 30 people were injured after the car drove into the crowd.

The paper added that around a third of those had been seriously injured.

Police could not be immediately reached for comment on those numbers.

Witnesses said the driver drove around a barrier blocking off traffic from the parade, according to the regional Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper.

People react at the scene after a car ploughed into a carnival parade injuring several people in Volkmarsen, Germany February 24, 2020. Elmar Schulten/Waldeckische Landeszeitung via REUTERS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
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Emergency services were at the scene after the crash

The police have not received reports of any deaths and do not have a specific number of injuries.

Video from the scene shows a silver Mercedes station wagon with its hazard lights blinking on the pavement, while emergency workers walk nearby.

Amateur pictures published online show police officers standing next to a silver Mercedes.

Emergency service workers are at the scene of the crash
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Emergency service workers are at the scene of the crash

A large number of officers are at the scene about 175 miles southwest of Berlin, and the public are being urged not to spread unconfirmed reports about the incident.

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Today is Rosenmontag in Germany – Rose Monday in English – a popular day for carnival celebrations across the country.

Police said in a tweet that all carnival processions in Hesse have now been cancelled as a precaution.

It comes less than a week after a gunman shot 10 people dead in the German town of Hanau, which is also in Hesse state.

The shooting was one of the worst racist attacks in the country since World War Two.

Investigators in that incident have said that the 43-year-old suspect, who was found dead in his flat soon after the shooting, had a xenophobic motive.

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