Merkel offers condolences to victims of crash

A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel says “our thoughts are with the victims and their families” who were killed and injured when a vehicle crashed into a crowd in the western German city of Muenster.
Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer on Twitter called the crash Saturday “terrible news.”
Police in Muenster say a vehicle crashed into a crowd in front of a pub in the city’s historic downtown area, killing and injuring people before the driver killed himself.
The German news agency dpa reports that a large-scale police operation is underway and that much of the area is cordoned off to the public.