Car Rams Into Crowd In German City Killing 3, Injuring 20; "Disturbed" Driver Commits Suicide

A German police spokesman said Saturday that 3 people are dead and 20 have been injured - some seriously - after a delivery van rammed into a crowd of people in the center of Munster. Police say the driver of the van shot himself to death inside the van after the crash, bringing the total death toll to four.

The incident unfolded near the Kiepenkerl statue in Munster's old town, where the van drove into the open terrace of the Kiepenkerl bar, a restaurant that is popular with tourists, around 3:30 pm local time.

AFP reported that six of the injured are in critical condition. While the official death toll remained at four, unverified reports put the number dead at 5 and the number injured at around 50.

Sky News reported that a small truck drove into a group of people who were seated at an outdoor restaurant near the statue. The debris from what appear to be wooden chairs can be seen scattered across the scene.

Police told the Associated Press that a suspicious package was found in the vehicle - though it's unclear whether it's dangerous. A local university has reportedly opened its blood bank to help treat the victims.

Meanwhile, police say they are checking witness reports that other perpetrators may have fled from a van. Police have also confirmed that there is no terrorist motive behind the attack, and that the "disturbed" driver was a German man with a long history of psychological issues.

The suspect’s apartment was being searched for possible explosives, local media reported, according to the AP.

 

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Police are treating the incident as an attack, not an accident. But a spokesman warned it's far too early to begin speculating about a motive.

 

 

They've asked people to avoid the area until the scene is cleared. They cleared off a large area around the scene because they feared the mysterious item could be a bomb.

 

 

A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered her condolences to the families.

 

 

Mayor Markus Lewe told the press that "all of Muenster is mourning this horrible incident. Our sympathy is with the relatives of those who were killed. We wish the injured a quick recovery."

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the country's top security official, said federal authorities are working with officials in North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Police also asked people to refrain from spreading misinformation on twitter.

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While police haven't released any information about the attacker or their motive, automobile attacks are a signature method used by ISIS and other terror groups when carrying out terror attacks in Europe and the US.

 

 

In an interesting coincidence, Saturday's crash occurred on the one-year anniversary of a similar attack in Stockholm where a stolen beer struck drove into a group of pedestrians, killing five. On Halloween, a man claiming allegiance with ISIS mowed down pedestrians in Lower Manhattan not far from the World Trade Center. The last car attack in Germany occurred when a Tunisian man who'd been rejected for asylum rammed his car into a Berlin Christmas market.

Comments

DillyDilly IridiumRebel Sat, 04/07/2018 - 11:21 Permalink

Mayor Carmine DePasto & Dean Wormer were thankfully spared... & it was an innocent stunt... They were just trying to undress Babs Jansen.

 

10,000 marbles could have prevented it all, but these days, there's a significant shortage of marbles (especially in people's heads ~ as studies have shown politicians prefer to gargle them).

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DillyDilly Richard Chesler Sat, 04/07/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

<---Vote here if you thought ANIMAL HOUSE was funny

<---Vote here if you're just a serial junker, &/or didn't think ANIMAL HOUSE was funny, &/or, like, are a swing vote in a SWING STATE that sells his/her vote to the party that offeres the most CHEESE

 

https://i.imgur.com/3rf2udX.gif

 

What's beautiful about this is that that you can CHANGE YOUR VOTE!!! EVERYONE ~ PILE ON (on both sides)... Then ~ at an appointed time in the future, you could CHANGE YOUR VOTE in the last second... See how the odds really stand.

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zimboe DillyDilly Sun, 04/08/2018 - 03:31 Permalink

 In AH:

A boy is praying in his bedroom. Suddenly, a  beautiful half-naked woman flies through the window and lands on his bed.

The boy looks up and says, "Thanks, God!"

...

I still laugh at that whenever it crosses my mind. 40-odd years later.

Fucking brilliant film...

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FireBrander tmosley Sat, 04/07/2018 - 11:19 Permalink

Where are the Global Climate Change stories? Ye'know, record warmth and all that?

..Snow as far south as Missouri on Sunday? 20's/30's in Texas this morning? Average temps WAY below normal so far in 2108 for North America; even Miami is unusually cold...Global Climate Change Warming is causing Cooling?...yeah, that makes sense..

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DillyDilly tmosley Sat, 04/07/2018 - 12:56 Permalink

mosley ~ I'm trying to understand this within the context of your previous comment.

 

So basically, if I put the world into a microwave, what would happen? (I'll send you 3 MIOTA coins if you can answer that one)... Then you'll be RICH!

 

Footnote: I'm also 'trying to understand' the 2 SERIAL JUNKERS who down voted me for stating the scientific FACT that

 

"water occurs in 3 states"

 

Lot's of unencumbered DEEP THINKERS here on ZH, as always!... I won't credit you, mosley, with the junk on the LAND OF LAKES comment...

 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1d/be/69/1dbe69b50e0d823aa756028aa7b0c61…

 

But that one was probably Netanyahu (because of the tag)...

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