Van crashes into crowd in Germany killing two, injuring several

LONDON — A van has crashed into a crowd of people in the western German city of Muenster, killing two and injuring several people, police said Saturday.

The driver committed suicide inside the van, police said.

Authorities said a motive remains unclear. German police told NBC News that there is no indication that the incident is a terror attack motivated by Islam and officials added that the investigation is ongoing. Police noted that they were not actively seeking any additional suspects, but they were looking into all eyewitness accounts.

The suspect was a German citizen who had recently made a suicide attempt, according to NBC News’ German partner ZDF. The vehicle was registered under the suspect’s name, they reported.

The leading theory, according to law enforcement officials, is that the man was suicidal. They are also looking into his ties to right wing extremists.

The incident happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. ET) in the Kiepenkerl area of the city center. Muenster Police tweeted Saturday afternoon that residents should avoid the city center where a police operation is underway.

Local police said they were on the scene and emergency services were attending to the injured. They asked the public to only trust information provided by authorities. They confirmed that there was not a bomb squad on the scene.

A deputy spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ulrike Demmer, tweeted “our thoughts are with the victims and their families.” She described the incident Saturday “terrible news.”

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that federal authorities are maintaining close contact with local law enforcement. He shared his condolences.

“I’m shocked to find out about the terrible incident in Muenster,” he said. “My thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends.

In December 2016, a truck plowed into crowds at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.

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