Germany Van Crash: 3 dead after van ploughs through beer garden

By on April 8, 2018
Germany Van Crash: 3 dead after van ploughs through beer garden

Germany Van Crash: 3 dead after van ploughs through beer garden

Driver shoots himself after van crash on bar crowd kills two in German.

A van drove into a crowd in the western German city Muenster on Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring 20. (Initial reports claimed three people plus the driver had been killed but police later corrected the record.) Six of the 20 who were injured were in serious condition, according to authorities.

The driver, who plunged his van into a crowd outside a popular restaurant, shot himself dead inside the vehicle after the crash, according to police. The driver seems to have targeted people who were enjoying a sunny day at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl restaurant, which is a popular spot with tourists.

Although initial reports said German authorities were “assuming” it was an act of terrorism, law enforcement officials later said there was no indication that this was an Islamist attack. There are local reports that the driver had mental health problems, although that has not been officially confirmed.

The incident took place a year after a truck attack in Stockholm killed five people. It also immediately evoked memories of what took place in December 2016, when a truck drove into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin and killed 12 people.

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