Collisions Being Treated as Terrorist Attacks

Aug 20, 2020

On 19 August 2020, prosecutors announced that multiple traffic collisions  in southern Berlin caused by one motorist the previous day were being treated as a terrorist attack. During the evening of 18 August, a vehicle collided with at least six vehicles in three separate locations along a portion of the A100 beltway in southern Berlin. According to reports, the suspect appeared to shout an Islamist slogan after one collision and claimed to be carrying explosives as a warning to keep away following another. Authorities responded to the scene and took the man in custody without confrontation; no explosive material was recovered. It remains unknown if the suspect is affiliated with or inspired by any militant groups. The crashes prompted officials to temporarily shut down a portion of the roadway, causing significant traffic disruptions through the evening. At least six people were injured, one of whom suffered life-threatening injuries.

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