Munster truck terror attack: What led to a van ‘deliberately’ plowing into a crowd in a German city? 4 dead, 20 injured as driver shoots self at scene.
German authorities have urged people not to speculate after a van/lorry drove into a crowd in central Munster leading to the deaths of at least four and up to 20 persons injured, up to six critically.
The incident reported dw occurred Saturday afternoon near the Kiepenkerl statue in the old town part of the city as townspeople were taking in warm spring weather along the ancient city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Photos showed patrons seated at the Kiepenkerl pub having been scattered with the truck nestled in the background after plowing through.
Munster is 300 miles west of Berlin.
‘Some people have died and some have been injured,’ police wrote on Twitter. They added that officers and first responders were on the scene and asked the public to stay away from the old part of the city.
Police went on to say there was confusion as to the degree of damage while also asking people at the scene not to ‘speculate’ as twitter is now abuzz that the ‘crash’ may have been a deliberate act of terrorism.
‘Please do not spread rumors on Twitter and Facebook’ police said. ‘We are on the scene. Please leave the city center and go home.’
Police said the driver, yet to be identified shot and killed himself after ‘deliberately’ ramming into patrons at an outdoor restaurant and a surrounding area.
The exact nature of the driver’s shooting death remains unclear, with some on social media saying the driver, a man fleeing the scene before shooting himself shortly after.
The bbc reported police saying they were not looking for more suspects.
— Real News Line (@RealNewsLine) April 7, 2018
— Paul Fegmann (@Pauli_Feger) April 7, 2018
Additional picture from Munster, TS staff working on initial unverified report that suspect shot himself. pic.twitter.com/2FFj32mUiz
— Threat Suppression (@ThreatSuppress) April 7, 2018
— DivaKnevil Ⓥ (@DivaKnevil) April 7, 2018
Munster truck terror attack: Speculation mounts that the incident was terrorism related.
Following the incident, which has yet to be officially cited as terrorism, as many fear the ‘incident’ to be, the German government issued a statement.
‘Terrible news coming out of Münster,’ Deputy Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer wrote on Twitter. She added: ‘Our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives.’
German Justice Minister Katarina Barley also expressed her condolences on Twitter and wrote that ‘everything must be done to clarify the situation.’
While Markus Lewe, Münster’s mayor, said, ‘The whole of Münster is in mourning after this terrible event. Our condolences are with the relatives of the dead. We wish the injured a quick recovery. At this point we don’t know the background to this incident, but I want to thank the forces at work today in Münster.’
Saturday’s incident follows that of a December 2016 incident in which a lorry plowed into a crowd at a Christmas market in the German capital, Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring upwards of 50 people. That incident was alleged to have been the result of ‘radical Islam’.
And then there were these following responses on twitter which caught this author’s attention….
German police are not saying #Munster incident is terror related at this time – facts arrive slowly, rumour and falsehoods faster. Wait for the former
— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) April 7, 2018
— Nivo (@Nivodius) April 7, 2018
— Alfred Albion™ (@AlfredAlbion) April 7, 2018
Can’t believe another mentally ill truck, that has absolutely nothing to do with Islam has accidentally killed people again. #munster
— I SEE STUPID PEOPLE (@cbirdsey82) April 7, 2018
When I go on twitter to read about the #Munster attack all I see is people blaming innocent refugees. Stop using people’s deaths for your own political agenda.
— Jusefina Bebe (@jusefinlouise) April 7, 2018