German police foil Berlin half-marathon knife attacks

German police foil Berlin half-marathon knife attacks

Police say the driver of the van shot himself to death inside the van after the crash. Rescue personnel, emergency doctors and firefighters were among those at the service.

The German daily Die Welt first reported that police foiled a plot to attack race spectators and participants with knives.

Germany's federal prosecutor's office said on Sunday that special forces have raided apartments across the country in connection with allegations that at least eight people were involved in creating a far-right terrorist organisation.

Bode also said police had found a suspicious object inside the van and were investigating it. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene.

Media reports said the driver, identified only as Jens R., had a history of mental health problems. They asked the public to only trust information provided by authorities.

Reul said the three dead included the perpetrator. Two people were killed and 20 injured - six of them severely - in the van crash. It didn't say why.

His run-ins with the law regarded threats, property damage, fraud and a hit-and-run, but Ms Adomeit said all charges were dismissed.

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The city's police president, Hajo Kuhlisch, said the man's four apartments - two in Muenster and two in Saxony - and several cars had been searched thoroughly, but that police were still investigating the evidence and it was too early to speculate about the van driver's motive.

One of the four people have been under the observation of the authorities for long. He, Laschet and Reul laid flowers in central Muenster and paid their respects to the victims of the attack.

The half-marathon was being guarded by some 630 police officers, German news agency dpa reported.

The man killed two people when he ploughed the vehicle into people seated at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl eatery, a popular destination for tourists in the old town of the university city in western Germany.

A court last month sentenced a man to life in prison for killing one and wounding six others with a knife in a Hamburg supermarket out of a "jihadist" motive last July.

Local media have described the 48-year-old as a psychologically instable man.

Two people were killed and more than 20 others injured on Saturday after the attacker rammed his van into people sitting outside a restaurant in the northern German city of Munster.

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