Germany: Man ploughs into crowd then kills self; several dead, 30 injured

It was not clear whether the incident was an attack

Reul said that two victims and the attacker died in the incident, lowering the toll from what authorities previously said was three victims. The van driver killed himself, police said, adding that they were not looking for further suspects. A vehicle crashed into a crowd Saturday in the western German city of Muenster, killing three people and injuring 20 others.

"A sad, a bad day for our country!" tweeted Armin Laschet, the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Muenster is located. A "suspicious item" was found in the van, which is now being investigated.

The incident came one year to the day after a truck attack in Stockholm that killed five people. Our sympathy is with the relatives of those who were killed.

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.

Dramatic pictures show tables and chairs strewn across a square in Munster after the vehicle smashed into terrified tourists leaving six of those injured fighting for their lives in hospital.

A large-scale police operation is now underway, with officers currently investigating a suspicious object found inside the van.

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"All of Münster is appalled by the human-despising violence that has struck our city out of the blue", said Muenster mayor Markus Lewe.

The van crashed into people sitting in front of the famous Kiepenkerl bar on a warm Saturday afternoon in the city's historic downtown.

"I am shocked by the news from Muenster", said Andrea Nahles, parliamentary leader of the Social Democrats, junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition.

Germany has long braced for more violence after several attacks claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, the bloodiest of which was a truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016 that left 12 people dead.

'Please do not spread rumors on Twitter and Facebook' police said. "Our contemplations are with the casualties and their friends and family", she said.

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