Eight injured after suspected truck attack in Germany

Man arrested as reports claim the incident is being treated as an act of terrorism

 A view of the scene after a suspected truck attack in Limburg, Germany. Photograph: Maximilian  See/EPA

A view of the scene after a suspected truck attack in Limburg, Germany. Photograph: Maximilian See/EPA

 

A Syrian man has been arrested on suspicion of hijacking a truck and ramming it into traffic in western Germany, injuring eight people, prosecutors said.

German media cited security officials as saying the incident on Monday night in the city of Limburg was being treated as an act of terrorism.

Prosecutor Ralf Badle declined to comment on the motive on Tuesday. He said it was being treated as attempted murder.

The truck rammed into eight other vehicles in the city north of the financial hub of Frankfurt, Mr Badle said.

The 32-year-old suspect was due to appear before a judge who will decide whether to issue a formal arrest warrant.

Police searched two addresses linked to the suspect where they seized mobile phones and USB sticks, Mr Badle said. “We can’t give specific details about the motive,” he added. “All possibilities are being investigated.”

The incident occurred almost three years after a failed Tunisian asylum seeker killed 12 people by ramming a truck into a Berlin Christmas market. – Reuters