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Car drives into carnival crowd in German town

| Updated: February 27, 2020 12:44:23

Car drives into carnival crowd in German town

A car has driven into a crowd at a carnival parade in the western German town of Volkmarsen on Monday.

Bild newspaper reports that more than 30 people were injured, though there has been no official confirmation on casualties.

A police spokesman said the driver had been detained. The motive and nature of the incident remain unclear.

Eyewitnesses quoted in the German media say the driver accelerated toward the crowd and appeared to target children.

Local reports say a silver Mercedes drove through plastic barricades set up for the parade and into a group of people at about 14:30 local time (13:30 GMT).

Images on social media show a car matching that description surrounded by emergency vehicles.

In a Twitter post, police called on anyone with pictures or videos of the incident to send them to officers, and urged people not to speculate about a motive.

The incident took place during celebrations for Rosenmontag, or Rose Monday - a carnival day celebrated in some parts of Germany, as well as parts of Austria, Belgium and Switzerland.

Schools are often closed on the day, although it is not a national holiday in Germany. Authorities have cancelled all carnival parades in Hesse "as a precaution", police tweeted.

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