UPDATE: Death toll raises to 12, Driver Pakistani Refugee
At least 9 people were reported dead and dozens injured after a truck was driven earlier tonight into a very crowded Christmas market in Berlin.
According to police reports and considering the previous Al Quaeda/ISIS plans for hitting holiday markets in terrorist attacks this Christmas, not to mention the Nice carnage from last July in which the Islamic terrorists used the same strategy, i.e. a 19 tonne truck deliberately driven into a crowd of people,today’s incident has all the ingredients of yet another terrorist attack in the country which offered safe haven for almost 2 million Syrian refugees just in the last 2 years.
At least 50 people were injured, while the death toll stands at 9 victims as I am writing this piece. The German police killed the co-driver, while the driver managed to escape initially. A suspect was caught at Victory Column and he’s currently detained under investigation.
The terrorist attack occurred at Breitscheidplatz, a crowded Christmas market, in the near vicinity of the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
Today’s horrific incident is closely resembling the terrorist attack in Nice, France, on July 14th, when a Tunisian born Muslim drove a nineteen tonne lorry along the beach front, killing 86 people and maiming hundreds in a crowd who had gathered to admire the fireworks on Bastille Day.
The Nice attack was later claimed by ISIS (the Islamic State).
Today’s terrorist attack had taken place in one of Berlin’s most crowded markets, where lots of children together with adults were enjoying food and Christmas goods, gathered in traditional wooden huts.
PT: Breitscheidplatz in downtown Berlin. Police suspects terror attack. pic.twitter.com/Tu8LCGTd8U
— Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) December 19, 2016
A huge security operation was unfolded and it’s currently underway, while ambulances and police cars arrived quickly at the scene.
According to local media, the truck had Polish licence plats and the German police advised the locals to stay inside their homes and to avoid “spreading rumors” via the social networks.
The US State Department claimed earlier that it has credible intel about attacks which were to be perpetrated by the Islamic State during the Christmas holidays.