The Interior Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia has confirmed that three people, including the alleged perpetrator, died after a van drove into a group of seated people in Germany's western town of Muenster on Saturday.
Initially, there were conflicting reports on the number of those injured. German police have confirmed that three people were killed and 20 injured as a van rammed into a group of people in the historical center of Muenster. Media outlets earlier had stated that three to four people had been killed and 30 to 50 people had been injured.
Police said that they were verifying reports from eyewitnesses who reported that an unnamed number of people had exited the vehicle after it rammed the customers of a cafe.
The Rheinishe Post also reported that police were searching for two more attackers allegedly linked to the Muenster ramming. Conflicting reports suggest that police are not looking for accomplices to the attack.
German authorities after being informed of the Muenster ramming incident, issued public statements. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier extended condolences to the victims of the Muenster attack, calling it a 'disgusting act of violence.' German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she was "deeply shocked by the terrible events in Muenster."
TWEET: Terrible news from #Münster. The @Polizei_nrw_ms keeps you informed. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. #Keeper guy
Images of the attack have been circulating on Twitter.
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TWEET: Muenster, the first pictures from the place of the massacre. The driver of the van who threw himself into the crowd committed suicide, and for the German police, he acted alone. Interim balance 3 dead and dozens of injured, some very serious.
This is not the first vehicle ramming incident in Germany in recent years. In 2016, 24-year-old Tunisian national Anis Amri drove a truck into people at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and injuring almost 50.