He later attempted to drive a group of people waiting at a bus stop in the neighboring Ruhr city of Essen, but he was stopped by police.
"The man had the clear intention to kill foreigners", dpa quoted the top security official in North Rhine-Westphalia state, Herbert Reul, as saying.
The man, who wasn't named, then drove into the center of Bottrop where he slammed into a crowd. His victims included Syrian and Afghan nationals. Police said there are also signs the unidentified man is suffering from a mental illness.
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A 46-year-old Syrian woman who suffered life-threatening injuries is recovering in hospital after an emergency operation, police said.
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.
The attack occurred after midnight on New Year's Eve at a crowded plaza in Bottrop.
"Investigating authorities are now working on the assumption that this was a targeted attack, possibly motivated by the anti-foreigner views of the driver", police said, adding that there were indications the suspect suffered from mental illness.
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Authorities said the driver made anti-foreigner comments during his arrest and the attack is presumed to have been premeditated.
Horst Seehofer, Germany's federal interior minister, told Bild newspaper the Bottrop case would be carefully investigated, along with an incident that occurred in Bavaria on Saturday in which four asylum-seekers were arrested on suspicion of attacking a dozen people.
On Dec. 19, 2016, a Tunisian man ploughed a truck into a busy Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.
Earlier the driver had steered his vehicle at another pedestrian, who managed to escape unharmed, according to the statement.
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