Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

German police thwart attack on Berlin Half Marathon

German police thwart attack on Berlin Half Marathon

It was a warm sunny afternoon, one of the first nice days of spring, and many people were out, Bild editor Julian Reichelt told CNN. The Interior Ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia, where Muenster is located, would neither confirm nor deny the Sueddeutsche report. He says, "this was a disgusting 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". They told German news agency dpa that was the reason authorities cordoned off such a large area. Two people were killed in the crash and the van driver took his own life. German police have detained four men, one of whom they suspect of planning knife attacks at today's Berlin half-marathon, the newspaper Die Welt reported in its online edition. What makes this story take a freaky turn is that the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it.

The man killed two people when he ploughed the vehicle into people seated at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl eatery, a popular destination for tourists in the old town of the university city in western Germany.

The driver of the van was not identified by name.

Police made the closures because they were investigating a suspicious object found in the van, the AP reports.

Local media have described the 48-year-old as a psychologically instable man.

"There were isolated indications that those arrested, aged between 18 and 21 years, were participating in the preparation of a crime in connection with this event", prosecutors and police wrote in a joint statement.

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"We have to wait, and we are investigating in all directions", Reul said, adding that it was clearly not an accident.

Authorities have identified the two victims killed by the van as a 51-year-old woman from Luneburg county, 180 miles to the north east, and a 65-year-old man from nearby Borken county.

On the other hand, the Associated Press reported that according to a police spokesperson, media reports on perpetrator having psychological issues too have not been confirmed.

It also adds that "an unusable AK-47 rifle" and fireworks had been found during the search operation at the perpetrator's house, while another batch of detonators and a gun were found in the van that was used in the attack.

German police in Berlin have foiled a suspected knife attack on the city's Half Marathon, and arrested four men.

"This was a frightful and sad day for the people of Munster, all of Germany. and also the people of the Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims", he said.

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