Germany-Berlin Race-Attack, EU

German police Car crashes into crowd deaths reported

German police Car crashes into crowd deaths reported

He then shot himself to death inside the van.

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

German daily Die Welt reports that police think the foiled plot involved attacking spectators and participants at Sunday's race with knives.

He was a Muenster resident and apparently well off.

The 48-year-old German man, believed to be the sole perpetrator in Saturday's attack, has been identified as Jens R, who was reportedly an industrial designer.

Muenster Police President Hajo Kuhlisch said, "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 frightful act".

The man who drove a vehicle into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in Germany yesterday was known to police. They asked the public to only trust information provided by authorities.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said the suspect's apartment was being searched Saturday night for possible explosives. They have not identified them, but said that people from the Netherlands are among them. "But he was well known to the police".

A source close to the investigation told AFP that incidents related to the perpetrator's mental health had affected his family since 2015, and that he said in late March he wanted to commit suicide.

He was previously accused of fraud and a hit-and-run as well as making threats and damaging property - but all charges were dismissed.

The victims were a 51-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man, both from Germany. Their names were not released, as is customary in Germany.

Early on Sunday, all three bodies were taken from the crash scene in front of the well-known Kiepenkerl pub.

Rather, "the motive and origins [of the crime] lie within the perpetrator himself", he added.

Police are searching four different apartments owned by the man.

In a statement, Merkel said "everything conceivable is being done to investigate the crime and to support the victims and their relatives".

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs said two of those injured were Dutch, one of whom was in a critical condition.

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

Police in the western German city of Muenster say a vehicle has crashed into a crowd there, killing several people and injuring others.

Police were warning people to avoid the area in order to allow emergency services to perform their duties.

Earlier on Sunday, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the government would do everything possible to protect citizens, but added: "We have again experienced that. absolute security is unfortunately not possible".

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