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Motive sought after vehicle drives into crowd at bar

Motive sought after vehicle drives into crowd at bar

Erich Rettinghaus, chairman of German Police Union in the North-Rhine-Westphalia region, said: "First of all we are mourning for the victims and injured people".

In the April 7 attack, inflicted as locals and tourists enjoyed a sunny spring day, there was "no indication at the moment that there is any Islamist connection", said North Rhine-Westphalia state interior minister Herbert Reul.

"With dismay, I learned of the awful 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".

Bode said investigators were looking at the possibility that other suspects fled the scene, though they had no evidence that this was the case, he added.

Die Welt reported that the main suspect, who was not identified, had prepared two knives to use in the attack.

Police are searching four different apartments owned by the man.

Kenyan Erick Kiptanui clocked a course record of 58 minutes, 42 seconds, equalling the fastest time in the world this year, the race's organisers said on their website.

Martin Wiech, who said he had studied in Muenster, told Der Spiegel he had driven there to go shopping and was now unable to return to his vehicle.

Muenster University Hospital carried out several emergency operations on Saturday evening, according to Die Welt, but it is still unclear how many people sustained life-threatening injuries.

In France, the Islamic State claimed a 2016 truck attack in Nice on its July 14 national holiday that killed 86.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement she was "deeply shaken".

The White House issued a statement sending US President Donald Trump's "thoughts and prayers" to the families of those killed.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "All my thoughts are with the victims of the attack in Muenster". In the months prior to the Berlin assault, Germany suffered a number of small-scale Islamist militant attacks, which some linked to Merkel's decision in 2015 to open the country's borders to an influx of migrants, many of them refugees from conflicts in the Middle East.

The 48-year-old German man who drove a van into a crowd in the western city of Muenster was well-known to police and had a history of run-ins with the law, German prosecutors said Sunday, adding that they believe he acted alone.

Saturday's ramming took place on the anniversary of a truck attack in Stockholm in which an Islamism-inspired perpetrator killed five people.