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6 Injured in 'Extremists' Berlin Motorway Crashes by One Man; Motorway Shut Down

Six people have been injured, three of them severely, after a suspected Islamist terror attack on a motorway in Berlin overnight.

A 30-year-old Iraqi man driving a black Opel Astra is thought to have deliberately crashed into several motorbikes and scooters while shouting 'Allahu Akbar' around 6.30pm on Tuesday.

He then got out of the car and placed a box on the roof, claiming it was a bomb and that he would detonate it if anyone approached, investigators told German media.

Witnesses said the 30-year-old Iraqi suspect claimed to have a "dangerous object" in a box of ammunition.

Nothing was later found inside.

The man is said to have deliberately caused three crashes on the road near the centre of Berlin. One involved a motorcyclist whose motorbike was rammed into a car. The motorcyclist is reportedly in a life-threatening condition. The three occupants of the car were also hurt.

There were also indications that the man was suffering from psychological problems, dpa reported.

Tuesday evening's crashes have led to a complete closure of one of the city’s main traffic highways.

Local media reported that the man later stopped on the highway and put a box on the roof of his car claiming it had explosives inside. Specialists opened the box and found only tools.

The incident led to long traffic jams Tuesday evening. Some 300 people were stuck on the highway for hours and were getting support from the German Red Cross, the Berlin fire department tweeted Tuesday night.

Specialists opened the box and found only tools. The man was detained by police, media reported.

Police and prosecutors would not confirm the reports on Wednesday morning.

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