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Germans Still Clueless About Motive in Fatal Van Attack

It was not clear whether the incident was an attack It was not clear whether the incident was an attack
| 09 April, 2018, 01:31

There are "no indications of a political motive", said Hajo Kuhlisch, chief of police in western city Muenster where the attack took place.

Officials said a 51-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man were killed, while 20 others were injured.

He was shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later while on the run.

But authorities could not yet determine the exact motive for the attack.

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.

Daniel Kollenberg, who witnessed the aftermath, told the BBC: "I think it is a deliberate attack because it's not allowed for cars to go in this area".

A local police spokesman Andreas Bode said cops checked reports that other potential suspects may have fled from the van following the horrific smash.

Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state where Munster is located, toured the city on Sunday. The law enforcement agencies added: "The investigations are being conducted at full speed and in all directions".


"This was a terrible and sad day for the people of Muenster, all of Germany", said Armin Laschet, the governor of the German state where the attack happened.

"As of now, we don't have any leads regarding a possible background for the deed", prosecutor Martin Botzenhardt wrote in a joint statement with police.

"The van is not at the crime scene anymore, all kinds of objects have also been removed, waste of course, as well as evidence that we've found on the ground", police spokeswoman Susanne Dirkorte told The Associated Press.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has reported on its online portal that the perpetrator was Jens R., 48, who lived around 2 km from the scene of the crime.

Inside the man's apartment, which was near the crash scene and raided late on Saturday, police found more firecrackers and a "no longer usable AK-47 machine gun".

Firefighters of the city of Muenster clean the area in front of the traditional Grosser Kiepenkerl guesthouse where a man drove a van into a group of people sitting outside its restaurant in the old city centre of Muenster, Germany on April 8.

Munster is a popular tourist destination with 300,000 inhabitants, known for its medieval old town, which was rebuilt after massive destruction during the Second World War. While cops swiftly cordoned-off the area for the investigations.

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