Germany van attacker had ties to far-right

09 April, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • German police Car crashes into crowd deaths reported

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.

Public prosecutors and police said in a joint statement: "So far there are no indications of a possible background for the crime".

But investigators have yet to release the name of 48-year-old attacker, who killed himself Saturday after plowing into a crowd outside a bar in Muenster.

Officials said some of the 20 people injured were still in a life-threatening condition.

German officials lay flowers at a fountain in Muenster after the attack.

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Reul said that two victims and the attacker died in the incident, lowering the toll from what authorities previously said was three victims.

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

Daniel Kollenberg, who witnessed the aftermath, told the BBC: "I think it is a deliberate attack because it's not allowed for cars to go in this area".

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"We wish strength and fortitude to those who lost their loved ones and a speedy recovery to those injured by the heinous attack perpetrated in Munster, Germany", the statement said.

Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state where Muenster is located, toured the city Sunday.

The incident evoked memories of a December 2016 truck attack in Berlin that killed 12 people.

"This was a terrible and sad day for the people of Munster, all of Germany. and also the people of the Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims", he said.

"The van is not at the crime scene any more, all kinds of objects have also been removed, waste of course, as well as evidence that we've found on the ground", police spokeswoman Susanne Dirkorte said.

Police spokesman Peter Nuessmeyer told The Associated Press that he could not confirm German media reports that the perpetrator reportedly had psychological issues. Police quickly set up a large cordoned-off area for their investigation and ambulances rushed to the site.

Inside the man's apartment, which was nearby the crash scene and raided late Saturday, police found more firecrackers and a "no longer usable AK-47 machine gun".

The man killed two people when he ploughed the vehicle into people seated at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl eatery, a popular destination for tourists in the old town of the university city in western Germany.

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