German carnival turns bloody

A German man plowed his car into a carnival parade in the western town of Volkmarsen on Monday, injuring 30 people including children, police said, adding it was too early to say what his motive was.

Police forensic officers work at the scene after a car ploughed into a carnival parade injuring several people in Volkmarsen, Germany February 24, 202₩)

German prosecutors and police said the suspect, a 29-year-old German citizen, was being treated for injuries sustained in the incident and they were looking into all possibilities.

“It can be assumed that it was intentional,” police spokesman Henning Hinn told reporters.

He said eight to 10 of those injured were seriously hurt.

“Among those who are seriously injured are children, unfortunately,” he said at the scene, where debris from the carnival littered the ground and a silver Mercedes-Benz car that appeared to have been involved was taped off by police.

Regional broadcaster Hessenschau said police believed the driver had acted deliberately, but that they could not question him due to his injuries.

German news website HNA cited witnesses saying the man appeared to have targeted children and had driven “at full throttle” into the crowd, which had gathered for a traditional procession ahead of the Christian season of Lent.

“People were coming towards me, crying,” Bild newspaper quoted local county commissioner Reinhard Kubat as saying.

“There were mainly injured children in the street, but also older people. Children came up to me and said it sounded like ‘Plop, plop, plop’ whenever the car ran over a person.”

Asked how many people were hurt, a police spokesman in the regional center of Kassel said: “I would say about 30.”

Bild said some of the injuries were life-threatening and that police assumed it was an attack, but there were no indications that it was politically motivated.

The incident comes less than a week after a man shot dead nine people before killing his mother and himself, in one of the worst racist attacks in Germany since World War Two.