Friday 17 August 2018

Third person dies from injuries in Germany van attack

A man pauses to pay his respects as he brings flowers to the scene of the van attack outside the popular pub Grosser Kiepenkerl in Muenster Photo: AP
A man pauses to pay his respects as he brings flowers to the scene of the van attack outside the popular pub Grosser Kiepenkerl in Muenster Photo: AP
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A third person has died from injuries sustained when a man drove his van into a crowd in the German city of Munster, authorities have said.

Police told news agency dpa a 74-year-old man from the nearby city of Hamm died in hospital some three weeks after the attack in which dozens were injured.

Jens Ruether, 48, intentionally crashed his van onto the terrace of Munster's Kiepenkerl pub and then shot himself on April 7, authorities have said.

Since the attack, it has emerged that Ruether had sought psychological help in the previous weeks, but authorities have said they had no indications he posed a threat.

A top member of the anti-migration Alternative for Germany party blamed the attack on Islamic extremists but later apologised for being wrong.

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