Knife attack on Berlin half-marathon foiled, German media report

What made the driver plow into a crowd of people in Muenster on Saturday remains unclear.

. They have not identified them, but said that people from the Netherlands are among them.

"With dismay, I learned of the bad 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". He says, "this was a frightful and sad day for the people of Muenster, all of Germany ... and also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims". After a foreign intelligence service tipped off German authorities that he was planning to attack the half-marathon, police raided apartments and two vehicles in the Charlottenburg and Neukoelln districts of the city. Two people were killed in the crash and the van driver took his own life. What makes this story take a freakish turn is that the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it.

The vehicle ploughed into people seated at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl eatery, a popular destination for tourists in the pretty university city.

Authorities are still clueless about his motives and said they're investigating in all possible directions.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper also says the suspect's apartment was being searched for possible explosives.

The police have discovered a moulage of the AK-47 rifle and fireworks at the house of the 48-year-old perpetrator of the ramming attack that occurred in Germany's Muenster yesterday, a joint statement issued by the city's Prosecutor's Office and the police says.


A 51-year-old woman from the Lueneburg area in northern Germany and a 65-year-old man from the Borken area near Muenster were killed. Their names weren't given as is customary in Germany.

Local media have identified the man as an industrial designer who had been suffering psychological problems, but police would not confirm the details.

With AP Photos.Berlin police and prosecutors say six people have been detained in connection with what they allege was a plan to carry out an extremist attack on the city's half-marathon.

Deutsche Welle notes that the main suspect in Sunday's planned attack was under observation by police "for some time", so police did not consider him a "concrete threat", although the thwarting of the half-marathon plot appears to have happened at the eleventh hour.

The van crashed into people sitting in front of the famous Kiepenkerl bar on one of the first spring days in the western German city.


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