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It was not clear whether the incident was an attack

It was not clear whether the incident was an attack

Authorities say they don't know the motive behind the suspect's crash but assume he acted alone. They said that "a potentially suspicious object" had been found in the vehicle that might possibly be an explosive, and experts had been called in to deactivate it.

Andreas Bode told reporters the driver of the van shot himself dead inside the vehicle after the crash Saturday afternoon. Jens R. had no police record, the newspaper said.

But a tweet by the police mentioned six arrests carried out by special forces. The report said the man had wanted to revenge after the death of his accomplice Amri. They asked the public to only trust information provided by authorities.

While stressing that the investigation was still ongoing, Reul said the perpetrator was believed to be a German citizen "and not, as has been claimed everywhere, a refugee or something like that".

The prosecutor's statement said no one was detained during the raids. The image of the assailant that emerged reflected a troubled life: three run-ins with the law in the last three years that led to charges of fraud, malicious property damage, and hit-and-run.

The incident came on Saturday after a grey minivan rammed into a dining area outside the Kiepenkerl cafe in Muenster, a popular venue for locals and tourists.

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There are "no indications of a political motive", said Hajo Kuhlisch, chief of police in western city Muenster where the attack took place. He, Laschet and Reul laid flowers in central Muenster and paid their respects to the victims of the attack.

"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.

Two people were killed in the incident and about 20 others were injured, six of them seriously, officials said.

The impact of the crash was so violent that the van did not stop until it hit the pub's stone wall.

The police have preserved a cordon in the area, while investigators are still collecting the evidence.

German police say two people died and about 20 others were injured when a person drove a van into a crowd on Saturday.

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In a joint statement Sunday, police and prosecutors said the suspect didn't mention any intention to harm other people in his email.

A 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg in northern Germany and a 65-year-old man from Borken municipality near Muenster were killed. Their names were not released, as is customary in Germany.

Local media have identified the man as an industrial designer who had been suffering from psychological problems, but police would not confirm those details.

What makes this story take a freakish turn is that the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it.

Police have urged people in Muenster to stay inside their homes and avoid the crash scene in the city's historic downtown.

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