Investigators working to find Muenster attack motive

Police confirmed there had been casualties but did not immediately say what happened

German police said Sunday that they have no reason to believe the man who rammed his van into a crowd in Muenster, Germany, Saturday had any accomplices. "The investigations are being led under high pressure in all possible directions".

Late Saturday, authorities were near-certain that there was no Islamist connection to the violence in the historic centre of Muenster as had initially been feared.

Dramatic pictures showed tables and chairs strewn across a square, leaving six of those injured fighting for their lives in hospital. German news agency dpa says several people killed after auto crashes into crowd in city of Muenster.

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.

It also adds that "an unusable AK-47 rifle" and fireworks had been found during the search operation at the perpetrator's house, while another batch of detonators and a gun were found in the van that was used in the attack. "There were lots of people", Simonsen said.

"I'm angry - it's cowardly to do something like this", she told German television channel N24.

Law enforcement authorities reported that the driver of the auto was a German, who suffered from mental disabilities.

The attack happened in the old part of the western German city, an area popular on weekends.

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Germany has been on especially high alert for jihadist attacks after several claimed by the Islamic State group.

Muenster prosecutors and police said in a joint statement Sunday it was too early to say why the man had stored the chemicals at his Muenster home.

In light of the strengthening of far-Right powers in Germany (and all over Europe), along with a steep rise in Islamopobia in the country - there were 950 attacks reportedly on Muslims and mosques in Germany in 2017.

According to the German authorities, this incident can not be considered a terrorist attack.

"I heard a loud, boring noise and suddenly everyone started shouting", a witness, Steffen Simonsen, told Germany's ARD broadcaster.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "All my thoughts are with the victims of the attack in Muenster". The second in NY in 2017, when a driver ploughed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring 11 before being shot by a police officer.

Muenster's Roman Catholic bishop is urging mourners to try to understand - with the help of God - the frightful van crash that killed two people and injured 20 others.

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