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An "ice-cold killer" driver who ploughed through pedestrians in a car on a busy Berlin shopping street has been arrested.

Horrifying footage shows the handcuffed 29-year-old being led by authorities to a police car, while his car sits smashed through the front window of a perfume shop.

The German-Armenian man's car, which was used to slam into a group of adults and children, was found to be full of placards relating to Turkey.

"There are said to have been placards inside but there was no letter of confession," said Iris Spranger, the city's state interior minister.

He was first detained by bystanders before he was arrested by authorities after his car veered off the road and collided with multiple people.

Captured footage of the aftermath shows badly wounded shoppers laying across the pavement and screams of witnesses can be heard in other videos from the scene.

German newspaper Bild cited an investigator as saying: "(This was) by no means an accident – someone on the rampage, an ice-cold killer."

A teacher was tragically killed in the incident with more than a dozen more reportedly injured – with six people in life-threatening condition.

Actor John Barrowman, who was at the scene, wrote on Twitter: "I heard the bang and the crash when we were in a store, and then we came out and we just saw the carnage."

The site of the incident, a shopping street near a McDonald's restaurant, was cordoned off as a helicopter circled above.

A government spokesperson said: "The federal government has of course learned of this terrible incident in Berlin today and is very concerned and distressed about it.

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"Our thoughts, our sympathy are with the injured and their relatives."

The tragic incident took place close to the fatal attack back in December 2016, when Anis Amri hijacked a truck, killed the driver and then ploughed it into a crowded western Berlin Christmas market.

Amri, a failed Tunisian asylum seeker with Islamist links, then fled to Italy, where he was shot dead by authorities.

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