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.
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.
7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar
NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.
The injured are being transported to local hospitals.
The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.
Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.