At least 2 killed as van plows into crowd in German city

09 April, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • German news agency dpa says several people were killed after a car crashes into the crowd in city of Muenster

The attacker had been charged with hit-and-run, fraud and making threats between 2015 and 2016, according to prosecutor Elke Adomeit.

Twenty people were left injured after the attacker drove a van into a crowd of diners on Saturday afternoon.

Police have arrested six people suspected of planning a "crime" on the Berlin Half Marathon on Sunday. Officers had reportedly found two sharpened knives during a raid on the man's apartment in the west of the city.

The security officials have rejected indications of Islamic State attack.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also reacted to the attack and is devastated by the attack.

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Muenster's Roman Catholic bishop is urging mourners to try to understand - with the help of God - the awful van crash that killed two people and injured 20 others.

Witnesses said people ran away screaming from the city square after the crash. He confirmed that police have ruled out terrorism in the ongoing investigation. Police quickly set up a large cordoned-off area for their investigation and ambulances rushed to the site. The Interior Ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia, where Muenster is located, would neither confirm nor deny the Sueddeutsche report.

"This was a awful and sad day for the people of Muenster, all of Germany", said Armin Laschet, the governor of the German state where the attack happened.

The motivation of the attack remained unclear so far, while some German media reported that the perpetrator could be psychologically disordered.

Saturday's crash occurred on the one-year anniversary of a similar attack in Stockholm, Sweden, when a stolen beer truck struck pedestrians, killing five people.

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In the van, the authorities managed to find only the driver's weapon "a gun and big fireworks, whose powder can be used to make an explosive".

The local daily Muenstersche Zeitung reported that the perpetrator had vaguely announced his suicide plans a week ago in an email to friends, and that he was known to the authorities for previous violence and drug violations.

The vehicle ploughed into people seated at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl eatery, a popular destination for tourists in the city's old town.

Lino Baldi, who owns an Italian restaurant near the scene of the crash, told Sky TG24 that the city center had been packed with people out enjoying a Saturday market and summer-like temperatures, which had risen to 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) from just 12 degrees (54 degrees F) a day earlier.

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