Several dead in Germany’s Muenster after man drives van into crowd outside pub

Police vans stand in downtown Muenster.A van has crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar in the German city of Muenster, killing two people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it, police said.

Key points:
The perpetrator shot himself in the van after crashing into a crowd and killing two others
The identity of the perpetrator is not yet clear, but an interior minister said he was a German citizen
Investigators are looking at the possibility other suspects might have fled the scene
A top German security official said there was no indication of an Islamic extremist motive but officials were investigating all possibilities in the deadly crash that took place at 3:27pm (local time).

Witnesses said people ran away screaming from the city square after the crash. Police quickly set up a large cordoned-off area for their investigation and ambulances rushed to the site.

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

Herbert Reul, the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state where Muenster is located, said the driver of the van was a German citizen.

He stressed the investigation was at an early stage but said “at the moment, nothing speaks for there being any Islamist background”.

via Several dead in Germany’s Muenster after man drives van into crowd outside pub – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)