At the scene of the attack in Muenster, Germany.
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BERLIN – A man who ploughed his van into a busy cafe and restaurant in Germany on Saturday and then killed himself recently attempted suicide, according to media reports.
The vehicle rammed into people sitting at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl restaurant, which is popular with tourists.
The rampage in the city of Muenster left at least three people dead and 20 people injured before the assailant shot himself dead in front of horrified diners.
🆘‼🧐🔥 Germany: Continued high police presence in #Muenster. The citizens should avoid the city centre. A few facts: supposedly the attacker is a “German”. The best in the end: He was supposed to have been mentally ill, and has recently tried to kill himself. pic.twitter.com/67POKdUll7
— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) April 7, 2018
According to media reports, the driver was a German national in his late 40s with a history of mental health problems and no known links to “terrorism”.
German media reports named the suspect as Jens R, a German national born in 1969 who was reportedly treated for mental illness between 2014 and 2016.
Public broadcaster ZDF said the man had recently attempted suicide. Police did not immediately confirm the reports.
“There was a bang and then screaming. The police arrived and got everyone out of here,” an employee of one the cafes hardest hit by the rampage told rolling news channels N24 and NTV.
“There were a lot of people screaming. I’m angry – it’s cowardly to do something like this,” the witness said.
Armed police were deployed and officers urged residents to avoid the city centre amid ongoing investigation into the incident. GAD/Expat Media
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