[Ed. – And yes, police suspect an Islamist plot. Fortunately, the Obama administration has condemned the attack “in the strongest terms.”]
Germany was the victim of a suspected mass terror attack on Monday night after a lorry ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin.
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.
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 deliberate. On Monday night they warned local residents to stay indoors.
The crash was labelled as an apparent “terrorist attack” by the White House. National Security spokesman Ned Price said the US condemned the events “in the strongest terms”.