Muenster van driver well known to German police

09 April, 2018, 00:16 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • German news agency dpa says several people were killed after car crashes into crowd in city of Muenster

With AP Photos.Berlin police and prosecutors say six people have been detained in connection with what they allege was a plan to carry out an extremist attack on the city's half-marathon.

The prosecutor said Jens B. had run-ins with the law relating to violent conduct, property damage and fraud, but all charges had been dismissed.

The owners of the Kiepenkerl pub, whose outside tables a van ploughed into, expressed their sadness and shock over the deadly incident late Saturday. He stressed the investigation is at an early stage but said "at the moment, nothing speaks for there being any Islamist background".

The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung said police had found an 18-page missive in his Pirna home in which he wrote of his anguish due to serious problems with his parents, "repeated nervous breakdowns" and "explosions of aggression" as well as a botched medical operation.

Authorities have identified the two victims killed by the van crash as a 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg county, 300 kilometers (186 miles) to the northeast and a 65-year-old man from nearby Borken county.

Two people were killed and several more were injured in Muenster Saturday when a 48-year-man drove a van into a crowd before committing suicide. They said there was no sign of a political motive for the attack.

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

"This was a disgusting 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.


Of the injured, some were in life-threatening condition.

Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state where Munster is located, has also toured the city.

He didn't elaborate on how many Dutch were injured or how serious those injuries were.

The suspect killed two people at the Grosser Kiepenkerl restaurant in the old town of the city in the northwestern region of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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.

"This was a terrible 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 city's Roman Catholic bishop, Felix Glenn, invited all of Muenster's citizens to a joint Catholic-Lutheran memorial service at the famous Paulus Cathedral on Sunday night.

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