Downtown Muenster, North Rhein-Westphalia – Van Attack
Two people are dead and 20 others injured after a van slammed into a crowd Saturday in an apparently deliberate act in the German city of Muenster. The driver also shot and killed himself. The driver was a German citizen and, as of now, has no known connection to radical Islam but investigators are still looking into the driver’s background. There was a suspicious object in the vehicle that is still under investigation.
The attack happened in the old part of the western German city, an area popular on weekends. The driver drove a vehicle into a restaurant’s open terrace around 3:30 p.m. local time. The attack occurred on the one-year anniversary of a similar attack in Stockholm, Sweden when a stolen beer truck struck pedestrians, killing five people.
The old city remains closed and local authorities are asking everyone to avoid the area.
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