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Car Plows Into German Carnival Parade 'At Full Throttle,' Injuring 10

The driver - who witnesses said appeared to be targeting children - was arrested.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ten people were injured on Monday after a car ploughed into a carnival parade in the western German town of Volkmarsen, police said, adding that the driver had been arrested.

Police declined to say if was an accident or if the driver had deliberately rammed the car into the crowd.

German news website HNA cited witnesses as saying that the driver appeared to have deliberately targeted children and that he had driven into the crowd “at full throttle.”

A broken handcart is seen in front of cars of the police, the fire brigades and an ambulance on Rose Monday, February 24, 202
A broken handcart is seen in front of cars of the police, the fire brigades and an ambulance on Rose Monday, February 24, 2020 in Volkmarsen near Kassel, central Germany. - Several people were injured when a car drove into a carnival procession in Volksmarsen, police said, adding that the driver had been arrested. (Photo by Elmar SCHULTEN / AFP) (Photo by ELMAR SCHULTEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The incident comes less than a week after a gunman gunned down 11 people, including himself, in one of the worst racist attacks in Germany since World War Two.

Police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene in Volkmarsen, 263 miles, 423 km west of Berlin.

Carnival is hugely popular in parts of western Germany, especially in Rhineland cities such as Cologne and Duesseldorf, where festivities peak on “Rose Monday” with tens of thousands attending street parades featuring comical or satirical floats.

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