German Police Knew Van Driver Well

The recent ramming attack in Germany's Muenster came two years after 24-year-old Tunisian national Anis Amri drove a truck into people at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and injuring nearly 50.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the man had psychological problems.

"With dismay, I learned of the awful incident in Muenster", Seehofer said in a statement Saturday, adding, "Police in Muenster and throughout (the state of North Rhine-Westphalia) are now working hard to investigate the matter".

However, authorities later said they were not looking for other suspects.

The suspect had in his possession two knives which had been especially sharpened for this goal, the report said.

News website Spiegel Online reported that Jens R. lived in Muenster and police had found an assault weapon at his flat.

Authorities are still clueless about his motives and said they're investigating in all possible directions. "That is our current task", Mr Bode said.

"It's still unbelievable for me, but these days anything can happen", said Hubert Reckermann, a local man in his late 60s on Sunday.

Outside Muenster University Hospital, a long queue has formed of people wanting to give blood after the hospital put an urgent call out for donations.

Witnesses said people ran away screaming from the city square after the crash.

Photo taken on December 20, 2016 shows the Brandenburg Gate illuminated in the colors of the German national flag to mourn the victims of the Christmas market attack in Berlin, capital of Germany.

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

In a statement, Merkel said "everything conceivable is being done to investigate the crime and to support the victims and their relatives".

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "All my thoughts are with the victims of the attack in Muenster".

On Saturday evening, the White House issued a statement sending US President Donald Trump's "thoughts and prayers" to the families of those killed. "France shares in Germany's suffering". Muenster prosecutor Elke Adomeit told reporters on Sunday that there had been three court hearings involving the deceased van driver in the city, as well as one in the town of Arnsberg, in 2015 and 2016, Die Welt reported.

Far-right opponents of Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy had suggested in the immediate aftermath of the attack it might be an Islamist act of terror, while some media reported the killer had links to right-wing extremist organisations.

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