Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Police Arrest Six Over Alleged Half Marathon Plot

Police Arrest Six Over Alleged Half Marathon Plot

The recent ramming attack in Germany's Muenster came two years after 24-year-old Tunisian national Anis Amri drove a truck into people at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and injuring nearly 50. The image of the assailant that emerged reflected a troubled life: three run-ins with the law in the last three years that led to charges of fraud, malicious property damage, and hit-and-run.

"So far, we have not found any evidence of political motivation behind this attack", chief prosecutor Elke Adomeit told reporters on Sunday.

The crash happened in Muenster, a western city of about 300,000 people.

Police and state prosecutors said the man, who was described as wealthy in German media reports, had a record of psychological problems.

"This was a frightful and sad day for the people of Muenster, all of Germany ... and also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims", he said.

And the third, that took place in Berlin in 2016, when Anis Amri, a Tunisian man, rammed a truck into a crowded market, killing 12 people and wounding 70 - according to senior public prosecutor Martin Botzenhardt, who issued a joint statement with Muenster police, however, "So far there are no indications of a possible background for the crime". "And also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims".

German news agency dpa reported that police confirmed arrests in connection with the half-marathon but gave no further details.

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He shot himself dead after killing two people and injuring 20 when he drove a camper van into people seated at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl eatery in the city of Muenster.

Authorities have identified the two fatalities of Saturday's crash as a 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg County and a 65-year-old man from Broken County. Their names were not released, as is customary in Germany.

In the end, they found only the weapon used by the 48-year-old driver to kill himself, a blank-firing pistol and some powerful fireworks.

An unknown number of Dutch nationals were also injured in the melee, officials said.

Police urged people to avoid the area near the Kiepenkerl, a popular pub in the downtown area.

At the same time, police say they are checking witness reports that other perpetrators might have fled from the van at the scene of the crash.

Police quickly evacuated the area and ambulances, firefighters and helicopters rushed to the scene to aid the injured.

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