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Münster terror: killer driver hits crowd in Germany's city of peace

It was not clear whether the incident was an attack It was not clear whether the incident was an attack
Lisa Bryan | 09 April, 2018, 01:19

They said that "a potentially suspicious object" had been found in the vehicle that might possibly be an explosive, and experts had been called in to deactivate it.

A body bag on a stretcher is being loaded into a van as investigators work at the square where a man rammed his auto into a crowd killing two and injuring several others the night before in Muenster, western Germany on April 7, 2018.

But a tweet by the police mentioned six arrests carried out by special forces. Jan Schoessler, who was among those in line, said dozens of people were waiting shortly after doors opened at 7 p.m.

Asked about a motive behind the attack, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said in a press conference Sunday that the man, who has not been named, could have been mentally ill. He stressed the investigation is at an early stage but said "at the moment, nothing speaks for there being any Islamist background".

"We have to wait, and we are investigating in all directions", Reul said, adding that it was clearly not an accident.

He then fatally shot himself. That's lower than the figure police previously gave of three dead plus the driver.

Officials said some of the 20 people injured were still in a life-threatening condition.

"We are now focusing our investigations on getting a comprehensive picture of the perpetrator's behavior in the weeks (before the crash) to find out his motivation for this disgusting act", Kuhlisch said in the statement.

The van hit a crowd of people outside the popular bar Kiepenkerl.

Immediately after the attack, there were reports that there were other people in the vehicle who had fled the scene.


German police should have prevented an attack in Berlin during Berlin half marathon on Sunday, local media reported.

Muenster prosecutors and police said in a joint statement Sunday that police were told about the email and went to the man's Muenster home but he was not there.

Flowers, candles and signs were left by people at the scene.

The attacker had vaguely announced his suicide plans a week ago in an email to friends, it is claimed, but police would not confirm this. "That is our current task", Mr Bode said. The German news agency dpa reported that witnesses spoke of two others in the van besides the driver.

"You will understand that with four apartments - two in eastern Germany, two in Muenster - we can't now say conclusively that we won't find anything", he said.

"This was a awful and sad day for the people of Muenster, all of Germany. and also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims", he said as he toured the scene Sunday.

Authorities were also investigating the killings of some people and say the group may have procured weapons to enforce their goals.

"All of Muenster is mourning this disgusting incident", said the city's mayor, Markus Lewe. Our sympathy is with the relatives of those who were killed.

The van crashed into people sitting in front of the famous Kiepenkerl bar on a warm Saturday afternoon in the city's historic downtown.

The driver shot himself after driving into the crowd, Der Spiegel reports. His identity is not yet known. Rescue personnel, emergency doctors and firefighters were among those attending the service. They said the main suspect was planning to killed participants and spectators with knives. He'd appeared before a judge three times in Muenster and once in Arnsberg.

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