Drunk driver rams into revellers in German town, injuring 6

Police investigators look for traces after an apparently intoxicated man has driven a car into pedestrians in northern Germany city of Cuxhaven on Sunday morning, Nov. 26, 2017. (Jens Potschka/Cuxhavener Nachrichten/dpa via AP)
Updated 26 November 2017

Drunk driver rams into revellers in German town, injuring 6

BERLIN: A 29-year-old man believed to have been intoxicated smashed his car deliberately into a group of people standing outside a disco in a northern German town Sunday, injuring six, police said.
The driver then crashed into a bollard some 300 meters away and was held down by passers-by until officers arrived, media reports said.
Police in Cuxhaven issued a statement ruling out a terrorist motive.
“The investigation shows that a dispute in or outside a Cuxhaven nightclub could be the reason for the incident,” the statement said, citing witnesses.
“A political motive can be ruled out at this time.”
On Twitter, the local Oldenburg police force added that the driver “probably comes from Syria.”
Those injured are all German nationals aged between 19 and 29.
Five of them have already been discharged from hospital. The sixth person is not in a critical condition.
The incident revived memories of the Berlin Christmas market attack last December, when a failed Tunisian asylum seeker plowed a truck into a crowd of revelers, killing 12 people.


Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

Updated 23 min 33 sec ago

Schools closed in New Delhi as air quality dips further

  • Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze
  • The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital

NEW DELHI: Schools in India’s capital are shut after air quality plunged to a severe category for the third consecutive day, enveloping New Delhi in a thick gray haze of noxious air.

According to the state-run Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index Thursday exceeded 460, nine times the level recommended by the WHO.

Buildings and monuments are largely obscured by the haze and an official health advisory has asked residents to avoid all physical activity outdoors.

Air pollution in northern India, including New Delhi, peaks in the winter due to smoke from agricultural fires.

The smoke from fields mixes with vehicle emissions and construction dust, making it the world’s most polluted capital.