Police say 6 detained in foiled plot to attack Berlin half-marathon

Police say 6 detained in foiled plot to attack Berlin half-marathon

The city's police president, Hajo Kuhlisch, said the man's four apartments - two in Munster and two in Saxony - and several cars had been searched thoroughly, but officers were still investigating the evidence and it was too early to speculate about a motive.

Armed Police officers are seen at the scene when several people were killed and injured when a auto ploughed into pedestrians in Muenster, western Germany on April 7, 2018.

"With dismay, I learned of the bad incident in Muenster", Seehofer said in a statement Saturday, adding, "Police in Muenster and throughout (the state of North Rhine-Westphalia) are now working hard to investigate the matter".

Flowers and candles are seen at the place in Muenster, Germany, Sunday, April 8, 2018 where a vehicle crashed into a crowd yesterday. After a foreign intelligence service tipped off German authorities that he was planning to attack the half-marathon, police raided apartments and two vehicles in the Charlottenburg and Neukoelln districts of the city. He then took his own life with a gun.

"The perpetrator killed himself in the vehicle", Bode added.

The driver of the van was not identified by name.

The report said the man had wanted to revenge after the death of his accomplice Amri.

"There were isolated indications that those arrested, aged between 18 and 21 years, were participating in the preparation of a crime in connection with this event", prosecutors and police wrote in a joint statement.

The two victims killed in Muenster were a 51-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man, both from northern Germany.

A leading German newspaper is reporting that authorities believe there is no terrorist motive behind the deadly van crash in Muenster and the driver is believed to be a middle-aged German man who had psychological issues.

Earlier today, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the government would do everything possible to protect citizens, but added: "We have again experienced that. absolute security is unfortunately not possible".

In a separate development, authorities in Germany's capital Berlin arrested six people who they say planned to carry out a "violent crime" at the city's half marathon.

The 48-year-old had driven his van into a crowd Saturday afternoon in the historical city center of Muenster. "And also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims".

Police say they're investigating witness reports that other people may have fled from the van after the incident, The Associated Press reports.

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