German police try to work out motive for Muenster attack

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The man, whose name was not released, killed two people and injured 20 others Saturday afternoon by crashing into those drinking outside a popular bar in the western German city's Old Town. Two people were killed and 20 others injured, some severely, in the crash Saturday, and the driver shot himself to death in the van shortly afterward.

"There are lots of indications the person in focus had (psychological) abnormalities".

The premier of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, was also present, and said that Saturday had been "a terrible, tragic day for the people of Münster".

Officials said there were no links to Islamist terrorism.

German police should have prevented an attack in Berlin during Berlin half marathon on Sunday, local media reported.

"All proceedings (against him) were discontinued", Adomeit said.

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Germany's federal prosecutor's office said on Sunday that special forces have raided apartments across the country in connection with allegations that at least eight people were involved in creating a far-right terrorist organisation.

Police said they'd found illegal firecrackers and a "no longer usable AK-47 machine gun" at his home and firecrackers, a fake pistol and the gun he used to kill himself with inside his van.

Police searched four properties that were linked to the suspect and said that they found "no clues" that suggested a political motive.

Amri hijacked a truck and murdered its Polish driver before killing another 11 people and wounding dozens more by ploughing the heavy vehicle through the crowd.

Police had said they are investigating witness reports of people fleeing out of the van after the attack.

"This cowardly and brutal crime has greatly affected us all", Seehofer said. He, Laschet and Reul laid flowers in central Muenster and paid their respects to the victims of the attack.

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Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Sunday that the government would do everything possible to protect citizens, but added: "We have again experienced that. absolute security is unfortunately not possible".

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported in its online edition that the perpetrator was Jens R., 48, who resided some two kilometers from the crime scene.

A 51-year-old woman from the Lueneburg area in northern Germany and a 65-year-old man from the Borken area near Muenster were killed and the perpetrator shot himself after crashing the silver-grey coloured van into the outside area of the restaurant, police said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "deeply shocked by the bad events in Muenster".

Like other European nations, Germany remains a target for Islamist militant groups, in particular because of its involvement in the coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, and its deployment in Afghanistan since 2001.

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