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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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23 injured after lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat

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HONOLULU — At least 23 people were injured after flying lava bomb crashed through the roof of a tour boat in Hawaii.

Passengers on another nearby tour boat captured the explosion and can be heard gasping and calling out ‘wow’ and ‘this is the big show’ as the eruption happened.

“Lightning in the plume this morning. Unbelievable! The ocean entry is raging this morning,” witness Ikaika Marzo wrote on Facebook.

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Authorities say a chunk of molten rock the size of a basketball was hurtled into the boat as it went on a lava tour off the coast of the Big Island.

According to the report, one woman was in serious condition with a fractured femur, while others suffered burns and gashes on their legs.

There were about 49 people found aboard a boat reportedly, however, the numbers are not confirmed.

The lava is from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, which erupted in early May. An investigation into the matter is underway.

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