It happened in the city of Muenster
Three people have been killed in the western German city of Munster after a van drove into people sitting outside in the sunshine.
The driver of the vehicle was one of the dead - he died after shooting himself.
#Kiepenkerl Es gibt Tote und Verletzte. Bitte den Bereich meiden. Mehr Infomationen gibt es hier. Wir sind vor Ort
— Polizei NRW MS (@Polizei_nrw_ms) April 7, 2018
Police spokesman Andreas Bode confirmed to reporters " shortly before three thirty a vehicle drove into the outdoor area of a restaurant in the city centre. Three people were killed, 20 injured and 6 are seriously injured. We are looking into a suspicious object in the vehicle, but the investigation is ongoing."
Police say the situation is ongoing and are urging people to avoid the area as the emergency response continues.
Police NRW MS asks citizens to avoid the city centre. Rescue forces are taking care of injured persons.— IrelandEmbassyBerlin (@irlembberlin) April 7, 2018
They also urged members of the public to avoid speculation.
Muenster is located around 60km north of Dortmund.