Muenster Restaurant Attack: German police to investigate motive for fatal van attack

German news agency dpa says several people were killed after car crashes into crowd in city of Muenster

The attacker had been charged with hit-and-run, fraud and making threats between 2015 and 2016, according to prosecutor Elke Adomeit.

"The assailant has tried before to commit suicide", according to ZDF TV channel while Süddeutsche Zeitung, a German daily newspaper said that the authorities have not found elements proving that it was a terror attack, reports Midi Libre.

The perpetrator - Martin Botzenhardt, a 48-year-old man from Munich - shot himself after crashing the silver-grey coloured van into the outside area of the restaurant, police said.

Muenster police spokesman Andreas Bode said law enforcement is looking into witness reports that some people fled the attacker's van after the attack.

Amri's attack in Berlin in 2016 prompted German lawmakers to call for tougher security measures.

And in Spain, the jihadists also claimed a rampage along Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard in August 2017 that killed 14 and left more than 100 injured.

Police said the perpetrator was aged 48.

Despite investigators' increased certainty about the perpetrator's mental health, "it will take a few more hours and days" before the case is fully cleared up, North Rhine-Westphalia state interior minister Herbert Reul said on Sunday.

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The attack came a year to the day of a truck attack in Stockholm in which a suspected Islamist militant sympathiser links killed five people.

"This was a awful and sad day for the people of Muenster, all of Germany ... and also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims", he said. "Everything possible is being done to investigate the act and support the victims and their families".

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

Police also said they found a suspicious object in the van that they were examining to see if it was unsafe.

Police during a search found a weapon - a Kalashnikov.

In the attack on Saturday afternoon the man ploughed the vehicle into people seated at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl eatery, a popular destination for tourists in the university city's old town.

Armed cops swooped on the scene just after 3pm local time and warned people to stay away from "inner city areas". Police quickly evacuated the area and ambulances, firefighters and helicopters rushed to the scene to aid those who were injured.

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