German prosecutors have charged a man arrested on New Year's Day with attempted murder after he rammed his car into crowds of revellers in two separate attacks, police said on Wednesday.
The 50-year-old German was detained after he drove his Mercedes into people celebrating the New Year in Bottrop and Essen; eight foreigners were injured.
Police in the city of Munster said a judge had approved a request by prosecutors to formally charge him with multiple counts of attempted murder.
A Syrian woman who suffered life-threatening injuries is recovering in hospital after an emergency operation, police said.
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The suspect made racist remarks when police officers detained him near Essen, police said.