Some 30 people including children were injured Monday when a car plowed into a Carnival procession in the small German town of Volkmarsen, with police arresting the driver but declining to speculate on a motive.
Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the 29-year-old suspect was a German national who faces charges of attempted homicide over the incident in the western state of Hesse.
The investigation was continuing "in all directions," they said in a statement, after police stopped short of calling the incident an attack.
The drama came as Germany remains on high alert following a shooting spree by a far-right gunman in the city of Hanau, also in Hesse, last Wednesday, who killed 10 people.
Eyewitness reports at the Carnival parade described the driver plowing through a barrier in a silver car and driving straight through the crowd at high speed.
"It appears to have been an intentional act," a local police spokesman told reporters, but said the incident was not being classified as an attack until investigators had more information.
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