Germany van crash: 3 people killed and 30 injured

Germany van crash: 3 people killed and 30 injured

A man shot himself after ploughing a van into a crowd of people in Germany leaving three dead and more than 30 injured this afternoon.

Authorities are treating the incident, which happened in Kiepenkerl, a market square in the western town of Münster, as a terror attack – although this is yet to be officially confirmed.

Three people are believed to be dead, six in critical condition and dozens more injured after the vehicle was driven at high speed towards families dining outside traditional restaurants Grosserer Kiepenkerl and Kleiner Kiepenkerl.

Police said the driver shot and killed himself at the scene and they are not looking for any further suspects – although there were unverified reports two people jumped from the van and escaped.

First pictures from the scene show a busy pedestrianised square with a mass of chairs and tables in disarray moments after the smash.

Families previously enjoying food and sunshine close to the Kiepenkerl statue appear scattered; tending to victims on the floor and pointing towards the devastation.

One year ago to the day, five people were killed and 14 were injured when a stolen beer truck ploughed into a crowd in Stockholm.

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