THE Berlin “terrorist” is a whisky-drinking Kylie Jenner fan who posted sympathy for the Paris attack victims before his “recent” radicalisation.
The 30-year-old Iraqi is accused of injuring six people in a series of car crashes in the German capital yesterday, which cops fear he carried out deliberately.
Named only as Sarmad A. due to strict German privacy laws, the suspect deliberately hunted down motorcycles, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said today.
He is being investigated for three cases of attempted murder following the attack which is believed to be "Islamist-motivated", Berlin's senator for the interior, Andreas Geisel said.
The alleged driver left a haunting last Facebook post around three hours before the “attack”.
He posted a chilling image of himself standing next to an Opel Astra like the one used in the crash rampage.
Next to the snap he wrote a brief message praising God.
But older posts on Sarmad's social media pages paint a very different picture to the violent fanatic cops say mowed down six people.
Many portray a normal young man, who enjoyed going out playing snooker with pals and riding motorbikes.
A profile on a dating site says he likes Kylie Jenner, pizza and Jack Daniels whisky.
In one post from November 2015 he even changed his profile picture to have a French flag filter – a popular symbol of solidarity with the victims of the Paris terror attacks by ISIS.
But more recently, posts of a more religious nature suddenly started appearing.
And others have a darker tone, like a picture of George Bush which he captioned: “This dog destroyed Iraq.”
In another post from 2018 – on the 15-year anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq – he shared a post ranting about his home country being “occupied by the UK and US b*****ds”.
Sarmad arrived in Germany in 2015, just months after finishing studying graphic design at the College of Fine Arts in Karbala, according to his social media.
One June 8, 2015, he posted a selfie, writing: “Praise be to God, I finished the last exam and finished the school year.”
Just three months later in September he shared an image of himself in Turkey, before being pictured in Germany later that month.
Authorities say the suspect is believed to be suffering from "psychological problems".
Mr Geisel said: “If personal problems mix with religiously loaded ideas, this can lead to uncontrollable acts yesterday's events have shown in a very painful way how vulnerable our society is.”
Prosecutor's office spokesman Martin Steltner said investigators are looking into whether the suspect was linked to any terrorist group or if other people were involved in the attack.
Steltner added cops were looking into tips that the man may had possible contacts with other extremists.
According to Tagesspiegel, the man is known to Berlin police and was born in Baghdad in 1990.
Three of the wounded were severely hurt when Sarmad allegedly drove his Opel Astra into a number of motorbikes, some of which collided with cars, along a stretch of the German capital's highway.
Six people were hurt, including three seriously.
He stopped his car and put a box on the roof, claiming it had explosives inside, it’s alleged.
'YOU WILL ALL DIE!'
The 30-year-old began shouting "Allahu akbar" or "God is great", according to respected German newspaper Bild.
He then reportedly shouted: "Nobody comes closer, otherwise you will all die!"
The attacker then rolled out a prayer mat on the road and knelt down, according to Der Tagesspiegel.
Armed police were able to overpower him and detain him while bomb specialists found only tools in the box.
A traffic officer of Arabic descent bravely approached Sarmad and talked him away from the car – a move which directly led to his arrest.
Mr Steltner said: "The courage of the official was impressive."
Three people on bikes were injured including a fireman who is fighting for his life with severe head and spinal injures, Mr Steltner said in a statement today.
Another three victims were injured travelling in a car when a motorcyclist collided with them after being rammed by the extremist.
The suspect first hit a car on the highway in the Wilmersdorf neighborhood, then drove into a motorcyclist, leaving him behind with life-threatening injuries.
He hit a second person on a motor scooter and eventually used his car to push a third motorcyclist into the front of another car, prosecutor Steltner said.
The suspect finally got out of his car near the Alboinstrasse exit in Berlin's Tempelhof district.
The crashes at three different locations shortly before 7pm local time led to a complete closure of one of Berlin's main arteries and led to long traffic jams with some 300 people stuck for hours.
This is not the first time Berliners have been terrorised by Islamic extremists.
In December, 2016, a Tunisian man rammed a truck into a Christmas market in the city killing 12 and injuring 56.
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