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Car crashes into crowd in Germany

Police tweeted that residents should ‘avoid the area near the Kiepenkerl pub’, a popular bar in Munster.

A car has crashed into a crowd in the western German city of Munster, killing several people and injuring others, police said.

Police tweeted that residents should “avoid the area near the Kiepenkerl pub”, where a large-scale police operation is under way.

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(PA Graphics)

Kiepenkerl is a popular bar in the city’s historic downtown area.

The German news agency dpa reported that the car drove into the crowd.

Dpa later quoted police as saying the driver of the car has killed himself.

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Firefighters in Munster (dpa via AP)

A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “our thoughts are with the victims and their families”.

Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer, writing on Twitter, called the crash “terrible news”.

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