German prosecutors have charged a man arrested on New Year’s day with attempted murder after he rammed his car into crowds of revelers in two separate attacks, police said on Wednesday.
The 50-year-old German was detained after he drove his Mercedes into people celebrating the New Year in the western cities of Bottrop and Essen in a suspected hate crime in which eight foreigners were injured.
Police in the city of Munster said a judge had approved a request by prosecutors to formally charge him with multiple counts of attempted murder.
A Syrian woman who suffered life-threatening injuries is recovering in hospital after an emergency operation, police said.
The suspect had made racist remarks when police officers detained him near Essen, police said.