Monday, December 19, 2016

Nine Dead as Truck Plows Through Berlin Christmas Market

A large lorry has stormed through a Christmas market in the German capital of Berlin killing nine people and injuring several others.

UPDATE 15:42 EST — A passenger has reportedly been found dead in the truck.
UPDATE 15:36 EST — A potential suspect has been arrested with the police saying the suspect was taken into custody close to the Tiergarten [park] which is home to the Berlin Zoo. The suspect is believed to be the truck driver.
UPDATE 15:34 EST — In a tweet, Berlin police have urged people to “stay at home & spread no rumors” after the truck attack.
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UPDATE 15:27 EST — Reports suggest the perpetrator is still at large.
UPDATE 15:17 EST — Police have released new details via Twitter claiming that at least nine people are confirmed to have been killed by the lorry.
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Police in Berlin say the lorry stormed through the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg killing one man and injuring several others.
The lorry is said to have gone off the road and onto the market path which is purely for pedestrians. The truck then crashed after leaving the market. Police have yet to make a statement on any motives reports Berliner Zeitung but Sky News, quoting German media, said that “first indications from investigation suggest truck crash was an attack”.
Eyewitnesses said people were trapped at the scene.
The incident has brought back memories of the attack in Nice, France earlier this year, where Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel killed 86 people by driving down a promenade on Bastille Day.

The incident also resembles attacks from 2014 when a number of attempted motor vehicle attacks were launched.

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