German police rule out ‘political motive’ in van attack

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MUENSTER (AFP) – German police said yesterday they did not see an extremist motive behind a ramming attack with a van that claimed two lives and placed the driver’s mental health issues in the foreground. There are “no indications of a political motive,” said Hajo Kuhlisch, chief of police in western city Muenster where the attack took place. Rather, “the motive and origins (of the crime) lie within the perpetrator himself,” he added. Far-right opponents of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy suggested in the immediate aftermath of the attack it might be an Islamist act of terror.
So far the 48-year-old German who killed two and injured 20 with a van before shooting himself has been identified only as Jens R.

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