A man who rammed three motorcyclists on a motorway in Berlin is being investigated as “an Islamist-motivated attack”.
Three people were seriously injured when the suspect’s car collided with motorbikes and cars on the motorway on Tuesday evening.
Witnesses said the 30-year-old Iraqi suspect claimed to have a “dangerous object” in a box of ammunition.
Work tools were later found inside.
Police and prosecutors say the series of crashes in three separate places on the A100 near the centre of Berlin were being considered as “deliberate attacks on other road users”. Berlin prosecutor’s office spokesman Martin Steltner told reporters the man was suspected of “in effect hunting down motorcyclists”.
The attack is being investigated as having either a political or religious motive but prosecutors have not ruled out psychological issues.
“Because of the circumstances we don’t see this as a random accident,” Mr Steltner said. “Latest indications point to an Islamist-motivated attack.”
In the first incident, the suspect’s black Opel car seriously injured a motorcyclist, then drove on targeting two more, eventually ramming the third motorcyclist into the path of his car. The third motorcyclist is reportedly in a life-threatening condition.
Pictures of the car and the badly damaged motorbike in front of the bonnet gave an indication of the force of the attack on the motorcyclist.
Named by German media as Samrad A, the suspect lives in refugee accommodation and reports suggest he may have been radicalised there. He is expected to face three charges of attempted murder.
Before the attack, the suspect posted pictures of his car on Facebook, along with religious phrases.