German Police Investigates Muenster Incident

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Police are puzzled by the motives of the man who drove a van into a group of people in Muenster, Germany on April 7th.

The vehicle ploughed into diners seated at tables outside an eatery popular with tourists. The driver killed two before shooting himself dead.

Investigators named the victims as a 51-year-old woman from northern Germany and a 65-year-old man from near Muenster.

The Interior Ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia reported that, according to initial investigations, the perpetrator was a German man.

The incident came one year to the day after a truck attack in Stockholm that killed five people. There is no evidence thus far that this incident was in any way connected to far-right extremists. Residents, though, are, as can be expected, shaken.

The Muenster Senior Prosecutor in German Elke Adomeit commented the situation: “The perpetrator was known to police. We have had three criminal proceedings against him in Muenster and the Ansbach prosecutor there is one more. There are accusations from 2015 and 2016. In 2015 the matter was harassment, there are proceedings for property damage in another matter. Fleeing from a car accident has also been registered and an incident of fraud”.