German police foil knife attack on Berlin half-marathon

Georgia Reed
April 9, 2018

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.

He was a Muenster resident and apparently well off.

Muenster police president Hajo Kuhlisch said the man had four apartments and several cars, all of which were searched by police.

"We know with high probability that there was no Islamist background" to the Saturday afternoon attack, inflicted as locals and tourists enjoyed a sunny spring day, he added. "But he was well known to the police".

Adomeit said the perpetrator, whose name was not released, had run-ins with the law regarding threats, property damage, fraud and a hit-and-run, but that all charges were dismissed.

The authorities identified the two fatal victims of Saturday's crash as a 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg County of and a 65-year-old man from Broken County.

The silver-grey van was hauled away hours later after explosives experts had thoroughly checked it.

Berlin's top security official, Andreas Geisel, had said earlier that the capital of 3.5 million people would need to review its precautions for the half marathon following the Muenster attack in which two people were killed.

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Police are focusing on his apparent mental health problems as they investigate the incident. Authorities are still clueless about his motives and said they're investigating in all possible directions.

The premier of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, was also present, and said that Saturday had been "a disgusting, tragic day for the people of Münster".

The foreign ministry in the Netherlands said two of the injured were Dutch, one of whom was in a critical condition.

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 in Germany have reportedly foiled a terror plot to carry out an ISIS-inspired knife attack at the Berlin half-marathon today.

Police quickly evacuated the area and ambulances, firefighters and helicopters rushed to the scene to aid the injured.

As well as the dead, police said 20 were injured - six of them seriously - amid the broken and upturned tables and chairs seen strewn across the pavement in images of the scene.

The city's Roman Catholic bishop, Felix Glenn, invited all of Muenster's citizens to a joint Catholic-Lutheran memorial service at the famous Paulus Cathedral on Sunday night.

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