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EU on alert after Berlin attack

Truck runs into Christmas market in Berlin; kills 12
20 Dec 2016
  • A busy Christmas market in Berlin on Monday was run into by a lorry which killed 12 people and left approximately 48 injured.
  • Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said, "I don't want to use the word 'attack' yet, although there are many things pointing to one."
  • The incident reminded people of a truck attack in the French Riviera city of Nice.

  • Where did this happen?
  • The incident occurred at Breitscheidplatz, a popular tourist destination near Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard, a famous shopping street.
  • At this time of year, there are over 100 stalls in this market which sell traditional decorations, a variety of festive food and drinks as well as toys for children.
  • The truck drove nearly 250 feet in to the Christmas market that was bustling with locals and tourists.

  • What we know about the truck driver?
  • The man driving the truck reportedly hijacked it late in the afternoon.
  • According to the Polish owner of the truck, the original driver was his 37-year old cousin; a body found in the truck is believed to be his.
  • German police are investigating on the assumption that this was a deliberate attack.
  • Preliminary investigation suggested the driver is an asylum-seeker from Pakistan or Afghanistan.

  • 'Suspected terrorist attack'
    The German police tweeted: "All police measures related to the suspected terrorist attack at Breitscheidplatz are progressing at full steam and with the necessary diligence."

    Events that followed post-attack
  • Immediately, ambulances and armed officers rushed to the scene of the incident.
  • Witnesses at the Christmas market gave a detailed description of the driver of the truck who was seen exiting the vehicle after it halted; German officials arrested a suspect 2 kilometres from there.
  • According to Heiko Maas, German justice-minister, stated that federal prosecutors who handle "terrorism" cases, would take over this investigation.

  • Recent attack on Christmas market
    Just 4 days ago, a 12-year-old German-Iraqi boy was arrested for trying to 'bomb a Christmas market' in Ludwigshafen with a jar of explosive material and nails. The bomb failed to detonate. He was reportedly inspired by terror group ISIS.

    Reactions from everywhere
    Who said what
  • French and Czech authorities have indicated that in light of this incident, they will be increasing security.
  • US President-elect Donald Trump said "Islamic terrorism" was responsible for this incident.
  • The White House in a statement condemned "what appears to have been a terrorist attack" in Berlin.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson said, "We mourn the dead and hope the many injured can be helped."

  • Arrest in Berlin market attack
    20 Dec 2016
  • German police have arrested a suspect for driving a 7-tonne truck into a Christmas market in Berlin.
  • The arrested has been identified as 23-year old Naved B., an asylum seeker from Pakistan who entered Germany on December 31, 2015.
  • Naved was reportedly under police's radar for petty crimes.
  • Soon after the attack, police questioned 4 people at an asylum shelter but were not arrested.

  • Christmas market attacker still absconding
    20 Dec 2016
  • In a surprising development, the German police now believe that the Pakistani asylum-seeker, Naved B., arrested for allegedly driving a truck into the Christmas market, is not the attacker.
  • Senior German Police officer said, "We have the wrong man. The true perpetrator is still armed, at large and can cause fresh damage."
  • Reportedly, the arrested suspect has denied all involvement in the attack.

  • Berlin attack suspect's family questioned by Tunisia police
    22 Dec 2016
  • Anis Amri is the prime suspect in the attack on the Berlin Christmas market; his family was questioned by Tunisian anti-terrorism police.
  • The attack claimed by terror group ISIS killed 12 people.
  • Amri's parents, his four sisters and one brother were being questioned.
  • A reward of 100,000 euros is being offered by the federal prosecutor's office in Germany for any information on him.

  • Prime suspect in Berlin attack killed in Milan
    23 Dec 2016
  • The prime suspect behind the Christmas market attack in Berlin was killed in a police shootout in Milan.
  • According to reports, Anis Amri was killed in a routine traffic stop at 3 am.
  • He pulled out a gun and began shooting at the officers; an officer on the job for 9 months then killed the suspect.
  • Italian authorities have yet to confirm this incident.

  • EU on alert after Berlin attack
    25 Dec 2016
  • Security has been tightened across Europe after the deadly attack in Berlin; the attackers cross-country escape bid added to the concerns of several nations in the EU.
  • Police also evacuated a 54,000 strong town in Germany as they were attempting to defuse a 1.8 ton World War 2 bomb.
  • A significant police presence can be seen in France, Germany and Belgium.

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