Police see mental illness behind deadly German van attack

by Noah Mcgee April 9, 2018, 0:15
Police see mental illness behind deadly German van attack

All the accusations were between 2015 and 2016 and all charges were dropped.

Police searched four properties that were linked to the suspect and said that they found "no clues" that suggested a political motive.

The incident came one year to the day after a truck attack in Stockholm that killed five people.

The mayor of Muenster says authorities don't yet know the motive behind the van crash that killed three and injured 20 people in his western German city.

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

Flowers and candles are seen at the place in Muenster, Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018 where a vehicle crashed into a crowd yesterday.

Der Spiegel reported that police were investigating a similar incident that occurred in the eastern German city of Cottbus on Friday evening, when a man drove his vehicle into a group of people, injuring two, before fleeing.

Two people were killed when the driver mowed down dozens before killing himself.

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The vehicle ploughed into people seated at tables in the old city centre of Muenster, a popular tourist destination.

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The driver committed suicide inside the van, police said.

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".

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

A 48-year-old man who rammed a van into a group of diners in the southern German city of Muenster acted alone, the country's interior minister said.

Prosecutors and police said in a statement they had received "isolated indications that those arrested (Sunday) between the ages of 18 and 21 may have been involved in planning a violent crime in connection with this event". "The investigations are being led under high pressure in all possible directions".

Investigators named the victims as a 51-year-old woman from the Lueneburg area in northern Germany and a 65-year-old man from the Borken area near Muenster. Their names weren't given as is customary in Germany.

Local media have identified the perpetrator as a German living in Muenster who had been suffering from psychological problems, but police wouldn't confirm those details.

POLICE in Germany have reportedly foiled a terror plot to carry out an ISIS-inspired knife attack at the Berlin half-marathon today.

The foreign ministry in the Netherlands said two of the injured were Dutch, one of whom was in a critical condition.

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