A truck has crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin which according to local reports has killed several (Nine) and injured at least 50, with many being treated at the scene. Local police have stated in their first indications they believe it to be a deliberate attack. Many witnesses commented they do feel it’s not an accident but deliberate including an eyewitness speaking to Sky News live made it clear they believed it not to be an accident saying the truck at some speed simply ploughed into everything in its path. At the time of writing, the whereabouts and identity of the driver are unknown, but German newspaper Bild report he is believed to be ‘on the run’. The incident is believed to have happened around 8pm local time close to the Kaiser Wilheim Memorial Church in the Kurfenstendamm area, a high end shopping district in the west of Berlin.
The incident draws major parallels with the terrorist attack on Bastille Day in Nice, where a truck sped down the promenade killing 84 before the driver was shot dead by French police. The terrorist group ISIL took responsibility for the Nice attack. The US State Department issued warnings weeks ago to US Citizens to take care holidaying in Europe in case of an attack of this scale, and current UK Foreign Office advice in Germany is currently the following: ‘There is a high threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in public places visited by foreigners. The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings.’
At the time of writing, there has no been official comment from the German chancellor and no official Police conference meaning the information currently available is scarce.
All information in this article is correctly reported at time of writing.