Police have confirmed that a car attack in Berlin left one teacher dead and 14 injured children on a school trip. A second teacher sustained serious injuries.
Olaf Scholz, chancellor, stated that the teachers and students were traveling from nearly five hours away to visit the German capital. Their trip “ended in an absolute nightmare”.
32 people were hurt when a German-Armenian male drove his car into a crowdnear busy shopping districts on Wednesday.
Officials said that the man, aged 29, has had a history of mental illness and is most likely suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.
Prosecutors added that he will be charged with attempted murder and murder, and that a request will be made for him to be moved to a mental institution.
Officers said that while police are trying to determine a motive, there is evidence that the suspect could have intended to commit an act of mental illness.
According to police, the investigation continues in “all directions”.
Sebastian Buchner, Berlin’s chief public prosecutor, stated that investigators have ruled out any ties to terroristic activities.
After he had driven the car into the shop window, a passerby was able to quickly arrest the man.
The car’s back was filled with posters about Turkey, which belonged to his sister.
Police investigating a possible connection between the posters attack and the attack. Armenia has had strained relations with Turkey. Later, it was confirmed that there was no such connection.
Franziska Giffey said that investigators were trying decode the “confused statements” made by the driver at times.
The attack occurred at 10.30am on Rankestrasse in the city’s main shopping area. This street is near Breitscheidplatz, where 11 people were killed in a 2016 Christmas market.
Officers stated that seven of the pupils were admitted to hospital with serious injuries, while seven others were released with minor injuries.
17 passersby sustained injuries and were treated by medical professionals. 50 others received psychological treatment.
Scholz called the attack a “horrific” act and said that he hoped the victims of the crash would make quick recovery.
He tweeted, “The trip of a school group from Hesse to Berlin ends up being a nightmare. We remember the families of the deceased and injured, as well as many children. I wish them all a speedy recovery.