Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Several dead after car crashes into crowd in Germany

Several dead after car crashes into crowd in Germany

The driver of the vehicle has taken his own life, German police confirmed to the country's DPA news agency.

Reul said two people were killed in the crash and the driver killed himself - lower than the earlier police toll of three dead plus the driver.

Federal authorities are in close contact with local officials, Seehofer said. "We wish the injured a quick recovery". Armed police were deployed.

Three were killed and six left in a severe condition after the auto collided with bystanders near the Kiepenkerl pub in the city's downtown district today.

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

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Andreas Boden, police spokesman for the city of Münster, says that the motive behind the attack has yet to be revealed, as does the driver's identity. Police also urged people not to spread "speculation" about the incident.

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The incident happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. ET) in the Kiepenkerl area of the city center.

'Terrible news coming out of Münster, ' Deputy Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer wrote on Twitter.

A van crashed into a crowd in the German city of Muenster on April 7, 2018.

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Muenster Mayor Markus Lewe said the reason for the crash was still unclear. In December 2016, a Tunisian man whose asylum request had been rejected crashed a truck through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and injuring 56.

"I am shocked by the news from Muenster", said Andrea Nahles, parliamentary leader of the Social Democrats, junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition.

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"My thoughts are with the victims and their relatives".

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