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Car meets pedestrians in the German city of Trier


At least two dead and 15 injured in a German terrorist attack: car plows through the pedestrian zone where the Christmas market in Trier usually takes place

  • On Tuesday afternoon, a car drove towards pedestrians in Trier
  • A witness said a gray Range Rover blew people up.
  • The car was stopped and a 51-year-old German citizen was arrested

At least two people were killed and 15 injured after a car hit pedestrians in an alleged attack in the German city of Trier.

Police rushed downtown on Tuesday afternoon after a car pulled into a pedestrian street near the city's main market.

A witness told the local newspaper Trierische Volksfreund that a dark gray Range Rover drove into the crowd at high speed and "blew up" some people.

The mayor of Trier, Wolfram Leibe, informed the regional broadcaster SWR that the driver went on a rampage that caused at least two deaths and 15 injuries.

Pictures published by German media showed a person who was nailed to the ground next to a damaged car after the incident in Trier

Pictures published by German media showed a person who was nailed to the ground next to a damaged car after the incident in Trier

The car stopped and the driver was arrested, police said before people were told to avoid the area.

Pictures released by German media showed a person nailed to the ground next to a damaged car after the incident.

Police spokesman Uwe Konz said it remained unclear what exactly happened and said "the background (of the incident) still needs to be clarified".

Officials warned people to avoid the scene, saying they were on site alongside rescue workers while helicopters were also hovering over the city.

The footage showed police cars and other emergency vehicles parked on a wide shopping street in Trier, a large part of which appeared to have been cleared.

Shoppers thronged the shops decorated with Christmas decorations, while sirens could be heard in the distance.

While one of the most popular Christmas markets in Germany usually takes place in Trier, the event was canceled this year due to the pandemic.

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At least two people were killed and several injured in Trier in southwest Germany today

At least two people were killed and several injured in Trier in southwest Germany today

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