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Danish woman injured in Germany in latest motorway rock throwing incident

Rocks were thrown at traffic from motorway bridges near the border between Denmark and Germany in two separate incidents on Tuesday.

Danish woman injured in Germany in latest motorway rock throwing incident
File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

A motorist was hit by one of the rocks at around 10pm on Tuesday, police in the German city of Flensburg confirmed to TV Syd.

The bridge in that incident is just south of the frontier between the two countries at Padborg, according to the report.

Police, fire services and medical response personnel all attended the scene, where a granite rock smashed through a car windscreen, injuring a 58-year-old woman.

The woman, who is Danish, reportedly lives in Flensburg but works in Denmark.

She was seriously injured and was admitted to hospital in the German town, according to TV Syd.

Her car was hit on the German A7 road near Ellund, just south of the E45 motorway near Padborg. A granite rock measuring approximately 25×25 centimetres was subsequently found in the central reservation as the police clear-up operation caused a 300-metre traffic tailback on the southbound carriageway on the Danish side of the border.

No arrests have yet been made.

Around half an hour prior to the incident, a rock was thrown from another bridge in the area near Brarup, around ten kilometres further south in the German province of Schleswig-Holstein. No injuries occurred in that incident, German police confirmed to TV Syd.

Similar incidents involving the throwing of rocks from bridges onto motorway traffic have occurred repeatedly near Odense, Denmark’s third-largest city.

A concrete block was thrown from a bridge in 2016, killing a German woman who was travelling in a car on the E20 motorway near the city.

In September 2017, a rock weighing 40 kilograms was thrown from a second bridge, around 200 metres from the site of the first crime. Nobody was injured.

In December, police in Odense described as ‘serial criminals’ the person or persons behind the acts.

READ ALSO: Police in Denmark hunt for 'serial criminal' behind rocks dropped on to motorway traffic

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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