Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

The man who drove a camper van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in the German city of Muenster on Saturday acted alone and appears to have had mental health problems, the regional interior minister said on Sunday.

The man killed two people when he ploughed the vehicle into people seated at tables outside the Grosser Kiepenkerl eatery, a popular destination for tourists in the old town of the university city in western Germany. He then shot himself dead.

“We now know it was in all likelihood a lone perpetrator, a German,” Herbert Reul, interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, home to Muenster, told reporters.

“There are lots of indications the person in focus had (psychological) abnormalities. This must be carefully investigated,” he said after paying his respects to the victims with national Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and state premier Armin Laschet.

There was no evidence of any link to Islamist militancy and the suspect was not a refugee, Reul said. (Reuters)

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<p>Forensic experts work on the scene in Muenster, western Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018 where a van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar on Saturday afternoon, April 7, 2018. (Photo: David Young/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Forensic experts work on the scene in Muenster, western Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018 where a van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar on Saturday afternoon, April 7, 2018. (Photo: David Young/dpa via AP)

<p>A damaged van sits on the platform of a truck in Muenster, western Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018 after the van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar on Saturday afternoon on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Marius Becker/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

A damaged van sits on the platform of a truck in Muenster, western Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018 after the van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar on Saturday afternoon on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Marius Becker/dpa via AP)

<p>A body is loaded into a vehicle in front of a restaurant in Muenster, Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018 after a vehicle crashed into a crowd. (Photo: David Young/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

A body is loaded into a vehicle in front of a restaurant in Muenster, Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018 after a vehicle crashed into a crowd. (Photo: David Young/dpa via AP)

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<p>Police officers are seen exiting an appartment building where investigators are searching a flat belonging to a man suspected of having driven a car into a crowd killing two and injuring several others before killing himself at a pedestrian area in Muenster, western Germany on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police officers are seen exiting an appartment building where investigators are searching a flat belonging to a man suspected of having driven a car into a crowd killing two and injuring several others before killing himself at a pedestrian area in Muenster, western Germany on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>In this Saturday, April 7, 2018 photo people light candles in Muenster, western Germany where a van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar von on Saturday afternoon, killing two people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it. (Photo: Friso Gensch/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

In this Saturday, April 7, 2018 photo people light candles in Muenster, western Germany where a van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar von on Saturday afternoon, killing two people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it. (Photo: Friso Gensch/dpa via AP)

<p>A woman lays down flowers in front of the restaurant Kiepenkerl in Muenster, western Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018, one day after a van crashed into people drinking outside the popular bar, killing two people and injuring others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it. (Photo: Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

A woman lays down flowers in front of the restaurant Kiepenkerl in Muenster, western Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018, one day after a van crashed into people drinking outside the popular bar, killing two people and injuring others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it. (Photo: Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

<p>Candles and flowers are placed at the site where, on April 7, a man drove a van into a group of people sitting outside a popular restaurant in the old city centre of Muenster, Germany April 8, 2018. Placard reads “Why?”. (Photo: Leon Kuegeler/Reuters) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Candles and flowers are placed at the site where, on April 7, a man drove a van into a group of people sitting outside a popular restaurant in the old city centre of Muenster, Germany April 8, 2018. Placard reads “Why?”. (Photo: Leon Kuegeler/Reuters)

<p>Police walk in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police walk in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa via AP)

<p>People stay in front of the Grosser Kiepenkerl restaurant in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018 after a vehicle crashed into a crowd. (Photo: Stephan R./dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

People stay in front of the Grosser Kiepenkerl restaurant in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018 after a vehicle crashed into a crowd. (Photo: Stephan R./dpa via AP)

<p>Police officers secure the crime scene after a car crashed into a group of people leaving several dead in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Ferdinand Ostrop/AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police officers secure the crime scene after a car crashed into a group of people leaving several dead in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Ferdinand Ostrop/AP)

<p>Police vans stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police vans stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: dpa via AP)

<p>Police stands guard in a street near a place where a man drove a van into a group of people sitting outside a popular restaurant in the old city centre of Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Leon Kuegeler/Reuters) </p>
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Police stands guard in a street near a place where a man drove a van into a group of people sitting outside a popular restaurant in the old city centre of Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Leon Kuegeler/Reuters)

<p>Police gather in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police gather in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)

<p>An armed Police officer and first responders are seen at the scene when several people were killed and injured when a car ploughed into pedestrians in Muenster, western Germany on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Friso Gentsch/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

An armed Police officer and first responders are seen at the scene when several people were killed and injured when a car ploughed into pedestrians in Muenster, western Germany on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Friso Gentsch/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Police guards in downtown Muenster, Garmany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police guards in downtown Muenster, Garmany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)

<p>Rescue workers stand outside the crime scene after a car crashed into a group of people leaving several dead in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Ferdinand Ostrop/AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Rescue workers stand outside the crime scene after a car crashed into a group of people leaving several dead in Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Ferdinand Ostrop/AP)

<p>Police guard in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police guard in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)

<p>An ambulance arrive near a place where a vehicle drove into a group of people killing several and injured many in Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. (PhotoL NonstopNews/Reuters) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

An ambulance arrive near a place where a vehicle drove into a group of people killing several and injured many in Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. (PhotoL NonstopNews/Reuters)

<p>Special police force guards in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Special police force guards in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)

<p>Firefighters walk in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. German news agency dpa says several people were killed after car crashes into crowd in the city of Muenster. (Photo: dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Firefighters walk in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. German news agency dpa says several people were killed after car crashes into crowd in the city of Muenster. (Photo: dpa via AP)

<p>Police block a street near a place where a vehicle drove into a group of people killing several and injured many in Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. (Photo: NonstopNews/Reuters) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police block a street near a place where a vehicle drove into a group of people killing several and injured many in Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. (Photo: NonstopNews/Reuters)

<p>Firefighters stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Firefighters stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: dpa via AP)

<p>Policemen stand at a barricade to the inner city of Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. According to the police, a man in Muenster drove into a crowd and then killed himself. In the incident, several people were injured and killed. (Photo: NORD-WEST MEDIA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Policemen stand at a barricade to the inner city of Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. According to the police, a man in Muenster drove into a crowd and then killed himself. In the incident, several people were injured and killed. (Photo: NORD-WEST MEDIA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Ambulances stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Ambulances stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: dpa via AP)

<p>Police block a street near a place where a vehicle drove into a group of people killing several and injured many in Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. (Photo: NonstopNews/Reuters) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police block a street near a place where a vehicle drove into a group of people killing several and injured many in Muenster, Germany, April 7, 2018. (Photo: NonstopNews/Reuters)

<p>Police vans stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: dpa via AP) </p>
Deadly van crash in Muenster, Germany

Police vans stand in downtown Muenster, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: dpa via AP)

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