At least four people were injured in a Xenophobia attack in Germany, the attack was carried out by a man who ran his car into a group celebrating the new year.
The Essen prosecutors said: ,“The authorities think that this is a targeted attack, motivated by the driver’s hostility to foreigners.
They said theyvhad earlier believed that the suspect has mental health issues,the incident took place a little after midnight in the town of Bottrop, about 12 kilometres (eight miles) north of Essen in Germany’s west.
The driver first tried to run over a person, but they managed to get out of the way.
He then drove into a group setting off fireworks in the street, as many people do when celebrating the new year in Germany.
Four people were injured, some of the seriously, said police, adding that they were of Afghan and Syrian origin.
A little later, the driver attempted another attack in a town close to Essen, without managing to injure anyone.
He made “remarks hostile to foreigners” while being arrested by police, said officials.