A van has crashed into a crowd of people in the western German city of Muenster, killing two and injuring several people, police said Saturday.
Der Spiegel reported that police were investigating a similar incident that occurred in the eastern German city of Cottbus on Friday evening, when a man drove his auto into a group of people, injuring two, before fleeing.
The driver killed two people and injured 20 others when he plowed into a restaurant's open terrace in an apparently deliberate act before fatally shooting himself.
He was a Muenster resident and apparently well off.
Authorities have searched the four apartments and multiple cars the attacker had looking for clues, Muenster police boss Hajo Kuhlisch said Sunday. He stressed the investigation is at an early stage but said "at the moment, nothing speaks for there being any Islamist background". "But he was well known to the police".
His run-ins with the law regarded threats, property damage, fraud and a hit-and-run, but Ms Adomeit said all charges were dismissed.
On the other hand, the Associated Press reported that according to a police spokesperson, media reports on perpetrator having psychological issues too have not been confirmed. A 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg in northern Germany and a 65-year-old man from Borken municipality near Muenster were killed. Their names weren't given as is customary in Germany.
The owners of the Kiepenkerl pub, whose outside tables a van ploughed into, expressed their sadness and shock over the deadly incident late Saturday.
An unknown number of Dutch nationals were also injured in the melee, officials said. They have not identified them, but said that people from the Netherlands are among them. The Interior Ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia, where Muenster is located, would neither confirm nor deny the Sueddeutsche report.
Outside Muenster University Hospital, a long queue has formed of people wanting to give blood after the hospital put an urgent call out for donations.
And in Spain, the jihadists also claimed a rampage along Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard in August 2017 that killed 14 and left more than 100 injured.
German daily Die Welt reports that police think the foiled plot involved attacking spectators and participants at Sunday's race with knives.
Muenster is a popular tourist destination with 300,000 inhabitants, known for its medieval old town, which was rebuilt after the massive destruction during World War II.
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".