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3 killed as van drives into crowd in Germany

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MUENSTER — A van has crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar in the German city of Muenster, killing three people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it, police said.

The incident might have been a terrorist attack, the German Rheinische Post said, citing police sources. However, no official confirmation has been issued. A top German security official said there was no indication of an Islamic extremist motive but officials were investigating all possibilities in the deadly crash that took place at 3:27pm (local time).

Six of the 20 injured were in severe condition, according to police spokesman Andreas Bode.

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Police confirmed that there have been casualties, but so far not said what happened. The incident has evoked memories of the 2016 Berlin attack, when a truck ploughed through a Christmas market in the city.

“There are deaths and injured. Please avoid the area, we are on scene,” the regional police service said on Twitter, according to news agency Agence France Presse. German authorities were ‘assuming’ the incident was an attack, according to local media reports.

Witnesses said people ran away screaming from the city square after the crash. Police quickly set up a large cordoned-off area for their investigation and ambulances rushed to the site.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

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Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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