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German police: Muenster van driver acted alone

German police: Muenster van driver acted alone

The newspaper said the four men were linked to Anis Amri, a Tunisian man with Islamist militant ties who killed 12 people in an attack in Berlin in December 2016 when he hijacked a truck and drove it into a crowded marketplace.

His run-ins with the law regarded threats, property damage, fraud and a hit-and-run, but Ms Adomeit said all charges were dismissed.

While a motive has yet to be defined, cops said Sunday they "have no indications that there is a political background" for the attack in Muenster's old town section.

Muenster police president Hajo Kuhlisch said the man had four apartments and several cars, all of which were searched by police.

Outside Muenster University Hospital, a long queue has formed of people wanting to give blood after the hospital put an urgent call out for donations.

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

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

The German news agency dpa reports that a large-scale police operation is underway and that much of the area is cordoned off to the public. He then took his own life with a gun. What makes this story take a freakish turn is that the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it.

The driver committed suicide inside the van, police said.

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"The crime scene investigators are checking out the crime scene, trying to identify, investigate and secure traces".

The report said the man had wanted to revenge after the death of his accomplice Amri.

A German man drove a van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in the old city centre of Muenster in western Germany on Saturday, killing two of them before shooting himself dead, police and state officials said.

Reul added: "we are investigating in all directions".

Authorities have identified the two victims killed by the van as a 51-year-old woman from Luneburg county, 180 miles to the north east, and a 65-year-old man from nearby Borken county. Their names weren't given as is customary in Germany.

Authorities believe the 48-year-old German perpetrator, who shot himself after the Muenster attack, had mental health problems and was not politically motivated.

Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer said he was appalled and that the attack was "outside of the imagination".

In a separate development, authorities in Germany's capital Berlin arrested six people who they say planned to carry out a "violent crime" at the city's half marathon.

"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.