It has been reported that there has been a lorry attack in Berlin, leaving 12 dead and 48 people injured. Even though it has not been confirmed by German officials, many believe this was an act of terrorism. The suspect, who is believed to be a Pakistani asylum seeker, is currently being questioned.
The attack happened at a Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, and the truck drove into the market at 20:14 local time, which is one of its busiest times. It than crashed into the wooden huts, which were filled with tourists and locals. It is believed that the truck was hijacked and that the original driver of the truck was killed prior to the attack.
‘We don’t want to live with fear of evil’
Reaction from World Leaders
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel was ‘shocked and very saddened’ but added that she did not want the German people to live with the ‘fear of evil’. Furthermore, it was confirmed that Berlin’s Christmas markets will remain closed on Tuesday but other markets outside of the city will stay open as usual. Marcus Pretzell, a key member from Germany’s anti-immigration AfD party, blamed Merkel for the recent terror attacks. He blamed her open-door migration police, which saw the arrival of more than one million people last year. President-elect Donald Trump tweeted in response to the attack: ‘Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland, and Germany – and it is only getting worse. The civilized word must change thinking!’ Due to recent attacks, security in the UK has increased, particularly in very crowded areas.
Source of Information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38375555