April 7, 2018 German authorities say a vehicle crashed into a crowd of diners outside the Kiepenkerl bar in Muenster on Saturday killing at least two people and injuring over twenty others.
Police in Muenster have not established a motive in the deadly crash but say they are treating the incident as an intentional act.
A minibus intentionally crashed into people seated outside a restaurant and bar in the German town of Muenster, killing at least two and injuring approximately twenty others — some seriously. The driver of the delivery vehicle then shot and killed himself as a crowd looked on.
German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that the driver of the vehicle was believed to be a 49-year-old German citizen with a history of mental health issues. Police have not confirmed the newspaper’s report. There are reports that a suspicious device was located in the delivery vehicle.
Saturday’s vehicle attack in Muenster took place on the one-year anniversary of a similar attack in Stockholm, Sweden, where a stolen beer struck drove into pedestrians, killing five people.
Worldwide, terrorists are increasingly employing vehicles as weapons. In January, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to install more than 1,500 protective barriers in high-profile locations to guard against vehicle attacks and other terror-related incidents. The security measures come after several vehicles attacks in 2017. The cylindrical metal posts known as bollards will replace concrete barriers that went up after recent vehicle-related attacks in Times Square and Lower Manhattan.
Check back for updates on the Muenster attack as details are made available.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."