Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

German police foil Berlin half-marathon attacks: newspaper website

German police foil Berlin half-marathon attacks: newspaper website

Muenster's Roman Catholic bishop is urging mourners to try to understand - with the help of God - the awful van crash that killed two people and injured 20 others.

The driver shot himself after driving into the crowd, Der Spiegel reports. Rescue personnel, emergency doctors and firefighters were among those at the service.

Bode said investigators were looking at the possibility that other suspects fled the scene, though they had no evidence that this was the case, he added.

Authorities said a motive remains unclear.

He was shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later while on the run. Police made the closures because they were investigating a suspicious object found in the van, the AP reports.

Police have appealed to the public for information, setting up a Web site where people can upload photographs and videos. The man was believed to be a German citizen, he said.

Reul said the three dead included the perpetrator.

Six of the 20 injured were in severe condition, according to police spokesman Andreas Bode.

The prosecutor's statement claimed no body was arrested during the raids. It didn't say why.

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The suspected driver of a van that ploughed into pedestrians in Germany yesterday suffered from mental health issues and was known to police, the interior minister said.

He was previously accused of fraud and a hit-and-run as well as making threats and damaging property - but all charges were dismissed.

Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state where Munster is located, has also toured the city. "And also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims". The German news agency dpa has quoted police as saying the driver of that auto in Muenster has killed himself.

The van hit a crowd of people outside the popular bar Kiepenkerl. The German news agency dpa reported that witnesses spoke of two others in the van besides the driver.

Police said it was too early to speculate about the motive behind the crash and say they are still investigating.

Local media have described the 48-year-old as a psychologically instable man.

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".

"We are pressing hard on our investigation into all possible avenues". Their names were not released, as is customary in Germany.

German police should have prevented an attack in Berlin during Berlin half marathon on Sunday, local media reported.

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