A car drives into a group of people in central Berlin before smashing through a shop front, killing at least one person and injuring several others
TV’s John Barrowman says he has witnessed a possible “terrorist attack” into a group of people outside a department store in Rankestrasse in Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany.
A car has been driven into a crowd of people with at least one dead and multiple injured with the drama being witnessed by TV’s John Barrowman.
A small silver Renault Clio first ploughed into members of the public on the corner of Rankestrasse before smashing into a shop window 200 metres away in Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany.
Berlin Police said around 130 emergency responders including an air ambulance unit are taking care of the injured at the scene and that they have secured a “small car”.
They added: “There are several injured, some seriously, and according to the current status, one dead person.”
Nothing is yet known about the driver, but police have confirmed he is in custody.
Police at first said there was 30 injured – they now say there is around dozen hurt.
There are five with life-threatening injuries, the fire service confirmed.
Images from the scene show chairs and tables scattered outside a department store and a small Renault with Berlin license plates parked in a shop window.
Others show emergency services working frantically on the injured in the street.
Unconfirmed reports allege the fatal victim was a teacher who was in the area as part of a group outing.
Doctor Who and Dancing on Ice star Mr Barrowman, who witnessed the incident, told his Twitter followers: “We think we have witnessed a terrorist attack here in Berlin we’re not sure there’s a lot of people dead bodies all over the place we’ve seen a car that came down the road and ended up in a storefront covering three city blocks it’s pretty horrific. #berlin.”
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In an interview, Mr Barrowman described the situation as “really bad” and said he hid behind a tree to protect himself in case of another attack.
Describing the scene, he said there was a huge emergency response and he could see a dead person laying in the middle of the street.
In another update 15 minutes later, he said he saw “multiple fatalities”.
injured man is lifted into an ambulance in Berlin ( Image:
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Investigators were looking into whether the incident was a deliberate attack or possibly an accident with a medical cause, a police spokesperson said.
Blankets covered what appeared to be a body in a cordoned-off area guarded by police, Reuters images showed.
A small, silver coloured Renault car was lodged inside a shop after smashing through a plate glass window.
The car ploughed into a shop window on a busy shopping street in Berlin ( Image:
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German police have confirmed the male suspect is now in custody.
They told Tages Spiegel: “We do not yet know whether it was an intentional act or a traffic accident.
“We arrested the driver and are clarifying the matter.”
A spokesperson for the German capital’s fire service said: “A man is believed to have driven into a group of people.”
A rescue helicopter lands at the scene ( Image:
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The incident took place near the site of a fatal attack in 2016 when Anis Amri, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker with Islamist links, hijacked a truck, killed the driver and then ploughed it into a crowded western Berlin Christmas market, killing 11 more people and injuring dozens of others.