AN Islamic extremist carried out a series of sick car crashes on a Berlin motorway injuring six, police say.
A 30-year-old Iraqi man exited the vehicle after a series of smashes last night claiming to have a bomb while shouting “nobody comes closer, otherwise you will all die”, local media reports.
Three of the wounded were severely hurt when the man allegedly drove his Opel Astra into several vehicles including a number of motorbikes along a stretch of the German capital’s highway.
The Iraqi, who was reportedly suffering from psychological problems, has been named as ‘Sarman A’ in local media.
It has been reported that the attacker later stopped on the highway and put a box on the roof of his car, claiming it had explosives inside.
According to respected German newspaper Bild, the 30-year-old began shouting “allahu akbar” or “God is great.”
It was at this point he reportedly shouted: “Nobody comes closer, otherwise you will all die”.
According to Der Tagesspiegel, the attacker then rolled out a prayer mat on the road and knelt down.
Armed police were able to overpower the man and detain him while bomb specialists found only tools in the box.
One of the injured is in life-threatening condition, the dpa reported.
“According to the current knowledge, it was an Islamist-motivated attack,” a prosecutors’ spokesman told Focus magazine.
He added that there were also indications that the 30-year-old suspect with an Iraqi citizenship had psychological problems.
Several motorcyclists were targeted in the depraved assault.
One bike user was run over at Detmolder Strasse, near a junction with the A100 motorway, Bild reports.
A scooter driver was also rammed at Innsbrucker Platz, around a mile east along the same road, and had to be revived by paramedics.
And another mile along the motorway, two more motorbike riders were struck at Alboinstrasse.
The crashes at three different locations led to a complete closure of one of the main arteries of Berlin and led to long traffic jams with some 300 people stuck for hours.
All the smashes happened in the south west of the city at around 6.30pm local time last night.
This is not the first time Berliners have been terrorised by Islamic extremists.
In December, 2016, a Tunisian man rammed a truck into a Christmas market in the city killing 12 and injuring 56.
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