Muenster, Germany van crash: what we know

08 April, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Diane Mills
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On Saturday, April 7, a vehicle hit a group of seated people in Germany's western town of Muenster, leaving 4 people dead and 20 others injured, according to the interior ministry as cited by DPA news agency.

A wide scale police operation is now in effect and security forces have said a terrorist attack has not been ruled out. The van driver killed himself, police said, adding that they were not looking for further suspects.

Police said up to 30 people have been injured.

Muenster is a city of 300,000 people north of Dortmund in western Germany. They say they're still examining what kind of an object it is and whether it's risky.

The incident came one year to the day after a truck attack in Stockholm that killed five people.

Police said the van's driver killed himself. Photos on social media showed police responding at a crowded outdoor plaza filled with tables and chairs.

Police and paramedics, including helicopter units, from the wider area of North-Rhine Westphalia were deployed to the scene.

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Police guard in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Saturday's crash occurred outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl, a restaurant on a cobble-stoned street in the center of the city that is popular with locals and tourists, the police said. The person responsible for outrage, still unidentified, has committed suicide after what happened, as police confirmed to German press.

Muenster Mayor Markus Lewe says the reason for the crash is still unclear.

Earlier, the Interior Ministry said four people had died, but officials have since revised the total number of dead down to three.

"There is no indication at the moment that there is any Islamist connection", said Reul, who is from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.

In 2016, the driver of a stolen truck plowed the vehicle into a crowd of people attending the Christmas market in a public square in Berlin, killing 12 people. She added "everything conceivable is being done to investigate the crime and support the victims and their relatives".

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