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Terrorist attack in Germany: Syrian refugee hijacks truck and rams eight cars, 9 injured

After an accident involving about a dozen injured, the police in Limburg in the state of Hesse are moving towards a “bigger operation”. The driver of a truck drove into several cars. He has been arrested.

LIMBURG - At 17:20 a truck drove through a traffic light in Limburg, Hesse into several vehicles. Around a dozen people were lightly and one seriously injured, said the police headquarters of West Hesse in Wiesbaden. The driver of the truck was arrested after the incident.

According to a report from Frankfurt Neue Presse, the man who is said to be a Muslim, reportedly hijacked the truck and deliberately rammed the cars in Limburg. The driver of the truck “is said to have been first stopped by several passers-by, with the driver saying ‘Allah’ on several occasions,” the report said. The FNP reporter had interviewed the passers-by.

The police of Westhessen wrote on Twitter: “Please note: The suspect has been arrested, our investigations are underway – please hold back with guesswork, no one needs trolls or wild speculation.”

In what seems to be another act of terrorism, described as an accident and involving "a truck", not mentioning the perpetrator, the media and the police in Germany continue to show their reluctance to make the obvious connection between these attacks, and Islam.

Tuesday 8
10:13: the police confirms that he is known to authorities due to assault, drugs and shoplifting. 9 people are slightly injured, although originally the number was 17.
08:48: the perpetrator is identified as a Syrian refugee born in 1987 who entered Germany in 2015. He tried several times to hijack a truck. Authorities now classify the incident as a terrorist attack.

Monday 7
23:20: the police spokesman denied there's a news blackout from the authorities. "We will give you backed up insights."
22:25: Frankfurter Neue Presse talked with the original truck driver. He was dragged out of his truck by a man who didn't talk. People who saw the incident wanted to help, but they retrieved as they saw the that man started talking in Arabic and mentioning Allah.

"Lastwagen fährt in acht Autos" (NTV)

Photos: dpa/Twitter

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