Terror has struck the heart of Berlin, Germany, days before Christmas. A truck has deliberately ploughed into a crowded market of Christmas shoppers. At least nine people are confirmed dead, with the toll expected to rise
The truck travelling at around 60km/h ploughed through the Berlin market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the city’s west on Monday evening. Police have apprehended the driver at the scene. German intelligence officials have confirmed that this is being treated as a terrorist attack and an on-going investigation is underway.
The truck used in the attack was registered in Poland and the owner of the Polish trucking company has been unable to get in touch with the driver according to AFP news agency. It is also being reported that a passenger in the truck was an deceased polish man increasing speculation that the man who drove the truck through the crowd, hijacked the truck and killed the driver.
Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the attack via the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Force who treated that ISIS were taking credit for the attack.
Daniel Nisman tweeted the below tweet and video of the scene of the terrorist attack.
— Daniel Nisman (@DannyNis) December 19, 2016
This attack follows in the footsteps of the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, 63 who was shot dead by an undercover police officer shouting about the Syrian civil war and yelling out the infamous catch cry “Allahu Akbar”. Hours later the US Embassy reported an “ongoing security incident” outside the US embassy in Ankara, with reports of a shooting in the vicinity of the embassy. There is no reports available to suggest the incidents are related.