Four people were injured, including one seriously, in Bottrop on Tuesday, January 1. A man was arrested in connection with the attack and two other similar failed attacks the same day. The assailant drove his car into pedestrians at a plaza in Bottrop's city center in the early hours (local time) of Tuesday before attempting to hit people waiting for a bus in Essen, a nearby city. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime motivated by anti-immigrant sentiments.
Individuals are advised to monitor updates to the situation and remain vigilant for suspicious or aggressive behavior.
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