Police in Germany work to establish motive after van driven into crowd

Police in Germany work to establish motive after van driven into crowd

Prosecutors said he had faced allegations of threats, property damage and fraud in 2015 and 2016, all of which were dropped.

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.

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.

Six out of 20 injured people were in critical stage, according to police spokesman Andreas Bode.

Germany has been on especially high alert for jihadist attacks after several claimed by the Islamic State group.

"While the German authorities have not yet announced a motive for this cowardly attack on innocent people, we condemn it regardless, and pledge any support from the United States Government that Germany may need", the statement said.

But police said Sunday that they now assume the driver acted alone. The Interior Ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia, where Muenster is located, would neither confirm nor deny the Sueddeutsche report. The law enforcement agencies added: "The investigations are being conducted at full speed and in all directions".




He said, "People are calm, but really shocked", adding that people were scared and disbelieving that such an attack could happen in Muenster.

They are investigating "all possible avenues", said the north-western city's senior prosecutor, Martin Botzenhardt.

"We are pressing hard on our investigation into all possible avenues". German news agency dpa says several people killed after vehicle crashes into crowd in city of Muenster. Police quickly evacuated the area and ambulances, firefighters and helicopters rushed to the scene to aid those who were injured.

Inside the apartment where the man was living, which was nearby the crash scene, police found more firecrackers and a "no-longer usable AK-47 machine-gun".

Police during a search found a weapon - a Kalashnikov.

Muenster is a popular tourist destination with 300,000 inhabitants, known for its medieval old town, which was rebuilt after the massive destruction during World War II.

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.

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