Berlin terror attack: 12 dead, 48 injured (UPDATE)

Other News Materials 20 December 2016 10:20 (UTC +04:00)
At least twelve people were killed and 48 were injured during the terror attack in Berlin.

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10:01 (GMT+4) Germany was the victim of a suspected mass terror attack on Monday night after a lorry ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin, the Telegraph reports.

At least twelve people were killed and 48 were injured, some seriously, after the vehicle mounted the pavement at about 40mph and crashed into them.

The driver, whose nationality is unknown, was reported to have fled but was later said to have been arrested by police. A passenger in the lorry – which came from Poland and may have been hijacked – was later found dead inside. It is believed he may have been the original driver of the truck. German authorities confirmed that the passenger was a Polish national and that he was not the person in control of the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Police said the incident – which echoed an attack in Nice in July this year where 86 people were killed by a truck driven by a terrorist inspired by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) – appeared to be intentional. On Monday night they warned local residents to stay indoors.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said there were many signs that the incident was an attack.

05:17 (GMT+4) The death toll of Monday's truck ramming incident in the German capital has climbed to 12 people, police said Tuesday, Sputnik reported.

00:26 (GMT+4) Nine people were killed and up to 50 injured when a truck plowed into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening, the Berliner Morgenpost reported.

German media said police on the ground were saying first indications were that the incident was an attack.

Local media, citing police at the scene, said first indications pointed to an attack on the market, situated near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue and at the foot of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church that was kept as a ruin after World War Two.