Police still searching for motive of man behind van crash
Police still searching for motive of man behind van crash
Associated Press Police responded in Muenster Germany to a car crash downtown that resulted in at least several deaths Saturday
09 April, 2018, 01:35
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.
Immediately following the attack, the driver as perpetrator shot himself dead with firearm.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also reacted to the attack and is devastated by the attack.
However, authorities later said they were not looking for other suspects.
Law enforcement authorities reported that the driver of the vehicle was a German, who suffered from mental disabilities.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the man had psychological problems.
Saturday's attack in Muenster came a year to the day of a truck attack in Stockholm in which a suspected Islamist militant sympathizer links killed five people.
Police said they have found a deactivated Kalashnikov assault rifle and party firecrackers at the house of the attacker in Munster.
The driver of the vehicle, who has not yet been officially identified, died after shooting himself at the scene.
The statement said while the perpetrator of Saturday's deadly crash expressed suicidal plans he didn't mention any intention to harm other people.
Six of them suffered severe injuries, and several of them were in critical condition, local media reported. "And also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims". It didn't say why. Officers had reportedly found two sharpened knives during a raid on the man's apartment in the west of the city.
German officials lay flowers at a fountain in Muenster after the attack.
Despite investigators' increased certainty about the perpetrator's mental health, "it will take a few more hours and days" before the case is fully cleared up, North Rhine-Westphalia state interior minister Herbert Reul said on Sunday.
He said, "People are calm, but really shocked", adding that people were scared and disbelieving that such an attack could happen in Muenster. It showed pictures of where police had cordoned off an area of the city. German news agency dpa says several people killed after auto crashes into crowd in city of Muenster.
Witnesses said people ran away screaming from the city square after the crash. "The investigations are being conducted at full speed and on all fronts", he added.
Local media have described the 48-year-old as a psychologically instable man. We will remind, in the evening, April 7, in the German city of Munster drove a truck into a crowd of people, killing, according to three people (information about the four victims was not confirmed - Approx.Ed.) and about 50 were injured.
"So far there are no indications of a possible background for the crime", senior public prosecutor Martin Botzenhardt said in a joint statement with Muenster police. "The investigations are being led under high pressure in all possible directions". A 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg in northern Germany and a 65-year-old man from Borken municipality near Muenster were killed. Their names weren't given as is customary in Germany.
Munster is a popular tourist destination with 300,000 inhabitants, known for its medieval old town, which was rebuilt after massive destruction during the Second World War. Police quickly evacuated the area and ambulances, firefighters and helicopters rushed to the scene to aid those who were injured.
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