Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Germany van attack: Gunman had run-ins with the law

Germany van attack: Gunman had run-ins with the law

Two people were killed in the incident and about 20 others were injured, six of them seriously, officials said.

The prosecutor said Jens B. had run-ins with the law relating to violent conduct, property damage and fraud, but all charges had been dismissed.

Authorities have searched the four apartments and multiple cars the attacker had looking for clues, Muenster police boss Hajo Kuhlisch said Sunday.

Police made the closures because they were investigating a suspicious object found in the van, the AP reports. "We know that in all likelihood there is no islamistic background".

The man was believed to be a German citizen, he said.

Those killed have been identified as a 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg county, around 180 miles to the northeast, and a 65-year-old man from nearby Borken county.

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

On the other hand, the Associated Press reported that according to a police spokesperson, media reports on perpetrator having psychological issues too have not been confirmed.

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"With dismay, I learned of the awful incident in Muenster", Seehofer said in a statement Saturday, adding, "Police in Muenster and throughout (the state of North Rhine-Westphalia) are now working hard to investigate the matter". They said there was no sign of a political motive for the attack.

"This was a frightful and sad day for the people of Munster, all of Germany. and also the people of the Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims", he said.

And in Spain, the jihadists also claimed a rampage along Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard in August 2017 that killed 14 and left more than 100 injured.

The local daily Muenstersche Zeitung reported that the perpetrator had vaguely announced his suicide plans a week ago in an email to friends and that he was known to the authorities for previous violence and drug violations, but police wouldn't confirm any of those details.

The vehicle, a grey VW van, crashed into pedestrians at the Kiepenkerl restaurant in Munster's main square on Saturday, as the city experienced an unusual flux of visitors due to high temperatures.

The attack is the latest in a string across Europe in which vehicles have been used to attack crowds of people in public places.

The Kiepenkerl is not only one of the city's best-known traditional pubs, but also the emblem of the city, depicting a traveling salesman with a long pipe in his mouth and a big backpack on his back.

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