Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Several Injured, 9 Killed As Truck Crashes Into Christmas Market In German Capital, Berlin
German police have reported that no less than 9 persons have been killed and many more injured in the Berlin Christmas market attack today.
A lorry had driven straight into a Christmas market in Berlin in what is believed to have been a deliberate terror attack.
The suspect who was the driver of the heavy duty truck has been arrested.
On Monday evening, a truck, a large black Scania articulated lorry, ran into the market outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church.
Reports from the German police say one person was found dead in the lorry, having died of injuries sustained in the crash. while a suspect was arrested about 100
Meanwhile, the suspect was arrested about 100 metres away from the scene of the attack in the Tiergarten.
An eyewitness reports that the truck ploughed into the market at high speed.
The witness said:
“It was not an accident. The truck was going 40mph.
“It was in the middle of a square, there are main roads either side, [where it could have come from].
“But it showed no sign of slowing down.”
The witness also revealed that the said truck crashed into a stall only a few feet from where she and her friend were standing.
Recounting her experience, she shared:
“We heard a massive bang. About eight to 10 feet in front of us was where the lorry ploughed through.
“It ploughed through the stall where we bought our mulled wine.
“It ploughed through people and the wooden huts, it tore the lights down.
“Everything went dark, it was black and there was screaming. It was awful,” she said.
Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Merkel Says Attack Deliberate
The witness said they did not know if the incident was over once the truck stopped, so they remained still.
Another witness, Mike Fox, told the Associated Press that the truck missed him by about three metres as it drove into the market, tearing through tables and market stalls.
The tourist from Birmingham summed it up saying “It was definitely deliberate.”
He mentioned that he helped people who appeared to have broken limbs and that others were trapped under Christmas stands.
Government spokesperson said the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was being briefed by the interior minister and Berlin’s mayor.
Wolfgang Bosbach, an MP with the Christian Democrats, Merkel’s party, told media:
“Although there is a host of unanswered questions, indications are it was a deliberate attack.
“Carried out not just with the greatest brutality and disastrous consequences but also with a deliberate symbolism.
Bosbach also added that the attack was deliberate.
Barely six days before Christmas, in the middle of German capital Berlin and amidst happy, peaceful people.
Bosbach affirmed “the message is clear: no matter where, no matter how, we can pounce at any time.”
Reacting to the incident, Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, said:
“What we’re seeing here is dramatic and a shock to us all.
“We hope what our fears that his is an attack won’t prove true.
“Our thoughts are with the families of the injured and dead.”