A van drove into pedestrians killing and injuring people in the crowd on Saturday afternoon local time in Muenster, Germany and
Local police have confirmed there are deaths and injuries, but have not said how many.
They have asked local people to avoid the area.
We will update this story as more information comes in from the German authorities.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m. from BBC
The driver of the vehicle has killed himself, police said.
About 30 people are reported injured in the incident, which occurred near the Kiepenkerl statue in the old town.
Below is from RT:
The number of dead was confirmed by the interior ministry to DPA news agency. Around 30 people are estimated to have been injured, though the final figure is yet to be announced. At least six among the injured are in critical condition, German media report, citing police sources.
Police have cordoned off the area and asked people to avoid it. The nature of the incident remains “unclear,” police said in a Twitter post urging everyone to “avoid speculation.” According to some media reports, police are looking for explosives in the suspect’s car that was driven into the crowd. However, there has been no official confirmation of this from police.
Photos from the scene appear to show a grey minivan, seen among scattered chairs and tables in a narrow street. The café in question, called the Kiepenkerl, is popular among locals and tourists. It is located in the historical part of the city. The street where the incident took place is also located in the vicinity of several major shopping centers.
The driver of the vehicle has taken his own life, German police confirmed to the country’s DPA news agency. Authorities say that currently they are not looking for any further suspects, and that the danger is likely to be over.
The incident might have been a terrorist attack, the German Rheinische Post said, citing police sources. However, no official confirmation has been issued.
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