A series of “deliberate” crashes on a Berlin highway are being treated as an Islamic extremist attack, German prosecutors have said.
Armed police rushed to the scene and overpowered the man after he was reported to have deliberately crashed into several motorbikes and scooters. Six people are understood to have been injured in the incident, three of them severely.
“According to the current state of our investigation this was an Islamist-motivated attack,” the local prosecutor’s office said. It is also understood that the man later stopped on the highway and put a box on the roof of his car claiming it had explosives inside.
However, specialists opened the box and found only tools. Long traffic jams continued today, with some 300 people stuck on the highway for hours. The German Red Cross was providing support, the Berlin fire department tweeted on Tuesday night.