09 April, 2018
A man who killed two people after he drove a van into a crowd in Germany before taking his own life was already known to police.
Armed police cordoned off a wide area around the scene of the attack Saturday, urging residents to avoid the city center to allow investigators to get to work amid initial fears the country had suffered an extremist assault.
The vehicle, a grey VW van, crashed into pedestrians at the Kiepenkerl restaurant in Munster's main square on Saturday, as the city experienced an unusual flux of visitors due to high temperatures.
German police said Sunday that they have no reason to believe the man who rammed his van into a crowd in Muenster, Germany, Saturday had any accomplices.
"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 Muenster, Germany", The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
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"You will understand that with four apartments - two in eastern Germany, two in Muenster - we can't now say conclusively that we won't find anything", he said.
Police made the closures because they were investigating a suspicious object found in the van, the AP reports.
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"This was a disgusting 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.
Police stands guard in a street near the spot.
The Kiepenkerl is not only one of the city's best-known traditional pubs, but also the emblem of the city, depicting a traveling salesman with a long pipe in his mouth and a big backpack on his back.
The man is thought to have lived close to where the attack took place.
"I heard a loud bang, screaming".
"There were a lot of people screaming".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is "deeply shocked by the awful events in Muenster".
In a statement tweeted by a German government spokeswoman, Merkel said "everything is now being done to clarify the act and support the victims and their families". "My thanks go to all the responders at the scene". Geir Moulson and Frank Jordans in Berlin and Colleen Barry in Munich contributed reporting.