12 Dead as Truck Plows into Crowded Christmas Market in Berlin

Published On:December 20, 2016, 2:35 pm

12 Dead as Truck Plows into Crowded Christmas Market in BerlinOn Monday evening, a truck rammed and ploughed up into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin, and killed 12 people and injured nearly 48 others. The Berlin police tweeted saying that they had taken one particular suspect into police custody.

Whereas the other passenger from the truck had died on the spot when the truck crashed into people who were assembled near the wooden huts serving sausages and mulled wine at the base of Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church in the core of former West Berlin.

The police said in the statement that the nationality and the identity of the suspected truck driver who had initially fled the scene and was later arrested, was unclear. The German media summoned local security forces as saying that there was proof indicating that the suspect was from Pakistan or Afghanistan and had entered Germany last February as a refugee.

Emma Rushton, a tourist told that, "We heard a loud bang, we started to see the top of an articulated truck, a lorry ... just crashing through the stalls, through people."

She further states that the truck appeared to be travelling at approximately 40 mph. police later confirmed that those 48 people who were injured were brought to Berlin hospitals.

The scene was such that Christmas decorations projecting from the smashed windscreen of the truck. In the repercussions, it was laying lopsided on the pavement with a mangled Christmas tree beneath its wheels.

According to a tweet by the Berlin police, when they were probing into the incident they found out that truck had been stolen from a construction site in Poland. Thomas de Maiziere, an Interior Minister told that the situations of the crash were yet unclear, adding: “I don't want to use the word 'attack' yet although a lot points to that."

The entire unfortunate incident bought back memories of an attack in Nice, France in July when a Tunisian-born man drove a 19 tonne truck along the beach front, mopping down people who were assembled to witness the magical fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people. Also, that attack was claimed by the Islamic State.

The United States President-elect Donald Trump objurgated the attack, associating it to “Islamic terrorists” before the German Police authorities. Further the White House on Monday condemned what it called "what appears to have been a terrorist attack".

As compared to France and Belgium, Germany has not at least in the recent years suffered a huge-attack from the Islamist Militants. However, it was stirred by two considerably smaller attacks in Bavaria over the summer, one on a train near Wuerzburg and another music festival in Ansbach which injured 20 people. And both of these were claimed by Islamic State.

The government officials have stated that the Country, which consented around 900,000 migrants last year, many from the war-torn Middle East, lies in the "crosshairs of terrorism."

In the mid of October, the police arrested a Syrian refugee who was alleged of planning a bomb attack on an airport in Berlin. The 22 year old man committed suicide in prison before long after his arrest.


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