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Arrested in custody: Motive of the suspect in Volkmarsen remains unknown


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Frankfurt / Volkmarsen (dpa) - Pre-trial detention has been ordered against the driver who is said to have injured more than 60 people during the Monday Monday train in Volkmarsen in northern Hesse.

The 29-year-old German is accused of attempted murder, dangerous bodily harm and dangerous interference in road traffic, as the General Prosecutor's Office in Frankfurt announced. However, the motivations of the man who drove his car to a carnival parade in Volkmarsen in northern Hesse on Monday continue to mystify investigators.

The investigation into the motive continued, it was said. It was "determined in all directions". At first, the suspect was unable to be heard.

According to the General Prosecutor's Office, the 29-year-old is urgently suspected of "deliberately dropping his vehicle into a larger group of people deliberately to kill" when he moved to Volkmarsen on Monday. According to the current state of the investigation, 61 people between the ages of 2 and 85 were injured - some of them seriously. There are 20 children among the victims.

On Tuesday evening hundreds of people attended an ecumenical service in which the Prime Minister of Hesse Volker Bouffier and Interior Minister Peter Beuth (both CDU) also attended. The parish church of St. Marien was filled long before the service began.

Hundreds of people, including many children and adolescents, stood on the church square between half-timbered houses and the town hall. Some visitors held each other, wiped away tears, people prayed and sang together. After the service, which was broadcast outside through loudspeakers, people placed candles at the church.

Source: zeit

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