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Offline Johnnie F.

12 dead in Berlin: Terror or accident?
« on: December 20, 2016, 08:50:33 AM »
A truck drove into a Christmas market in Berlin.

Twelve people were killed and 48 were injured.

One suspect has been arrested while police have confirmed that the truck's passenger is dead.

According to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, there is much indicating that it was an attack, but he added that nothing is yet certain.

The truck has Polish license plates.

Media report that the driver came to Germany as a refugee.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: 12 dead in Berlin: Terror or accident?
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2016, 08:57:03 AM »
What we know for sure

    A gray semi-truck has driven into the Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church near the Zoologischer Garten Bahnhof train station in Berlin.

    The Scania truck drove from Kant Street into the entrance of the Christmas market and then 60 to 80 meters across a path between the market stalls. It then knocked over one stand completely before coming to a stop on Budapester Street at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

    According to police, 12 people were killed in the incident.

    One person with severe injuries and four with light injuries have been taken to the DRK Clinic in Westend, according to a hospital spokeswoman. In total, 48 people, some with severe injuries, were taken to hospitals in Berlin.

    The Berlin fire department ended its first-aid operation at 12:30 a.m.

    Police have confirmed that the passenger in the truck was killed. The driver fled.

    There is no indication that the truck still presents a danger, a police spokesman said. There is also no indication that dangerous persons may still be at large in the city.

    Thus far, police have no knowledge regarding the background of the incident. Federal prosecutors and the Berlin State Criminal Police Office have taken over the investigation. Police have called a press conference for Tuesday at 1 p.m. Berlin Mayor Michael Müller and Berlin Interior Senator Andreas Geisel will provide more information to the public at that time. They also have said nothing about the background of the attack. Interior Senator Geisel said: "The course of events is consistent both with an accident and with an attack."

What we don't know for sure

    A suspect is thought to have attempted to flee. He has reportedly been arrested not far from the scene of the incident. Police are currently attempting to determine whether the man arrested was the driver of the truck.

    Police are as yet unable to provide any information regarding the nationality of the man arrested. According to reports from German news agency dpa, German public broadcaster ZDF and Berlin daily Tagesspiegel, the suspect may be a man with an Afghan or Pakistani background. But all three media outlets cited an unidentified security source.

    Eyewitnesses reported a loud bang during the incident.

    It appears to be certain that the truck belongs to a Polish freight forwarder based in Sobiemysl, 45 kilometers south of Stettin. The freight forwarder told Polish media that he bought the truck in May. He said the truck was bringing steel beams from Turin, Italy to Berlin and that part of the load was to have been unloaded in the German capital. The truck was then to have continued on to Poland. He said that the truck did not reach its destination in Berlin as planned. Berlin police, however, are also investigating a different eventuality, according to which the truck could have been stolen from a construction site in Poland.

    Police are as yet unable to provide any information regarding the nationality of the passenger.

    Contrary to rumors on the Internet and elsewhere, Islamic State has neither commented on the events in Berlin nor claimed responsibility for them.

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