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Multiple injuries after car drives into Carnival parade in Germany

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By Carlo Angerer and Rachel Elbaum  with NBC News World News
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Emergency services responded to an incident in Volkmarsen, Germany after a car drove into a Carnival parade, injuring several people.   -   Copyright  Elmar Schulten/Waldeckische Landeszeitung

Multiple people were injured, including numerous children, when a car slammed into a crowd of people at a Carnival parade in the German town of Volkmarsen, police said.

Eyewitnesses told investigators the motorist, who was later arrested, appeared to deliberately drive into the crowd, a police spokesman told NBC News.

Between 20 and 30 people were injured, some of them severely, the spokesman said.

No motive has been determined, but the incident came less than a week after a man fatally shot 11 people, including himself, in the city of Hanau. It was one of the worst racist attacks in Germany since World War Two.

So as a precaution, police cancelled other Carnival celebrations in the state of Hesse.

Volkmarsen is located around 150 miles north of Frankfurt.

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