Germany: Interior Ministry spokesperson calls Bottrop car attack ‘a single criminal act’

SOT, Soeren Schmidt, Spokesperson of German Interior Minister (German): «No, it is a single criminal act from which indeed the background needs to be clarified, which is the task of responsible investigation offices and they will do it and after that you can obtain a precise evaluation from this act.» SOT, Soeren Schmidt, Spokesperson of German Interior Minister (German): «Now the precise... Еще background of the culprit is been investigated. We have to wait for this investigation so we can surely comment more about it.» German Interior Ministry spokesperson Soeren Schmidt was hesitant to classify the New Year's Eve car attack in Bottrop as a terrorist act, and instead called it «a single criminal act» during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. When asked by a journalist if he would classify it as 'terror,' Schmidt replied: «no, it is a single criminal act from which indeed the background needs to be clarified, which is the task of responsible investigation offices and they will do it and after that you can obtain a precise evaluation from this act.» Schmidt continued to say that a full investigation into the suspect's motive was needed before dubbing it a terrorist attack. On New Year's Eve a car intentionally drove into a crowd in Bottrop, seriously injuring 5 people, among them Syrians and Afghans. According to reports, the driver was attempting to target foreigners. The suspect was stopped and arrested by police after fleeing the scene.

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