German authorities call Berlin market attack ‘act of terror,’ but suspect denies involvement

Published December 20th, 2016 - 03:00 GMT
A policeman walks at the Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the day after an attack, in central Berlin, on December 20, 2016. (AFP/Tobias Schwarz)
A policeman walks at the Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the day after an attack, in central Berlin, on December 20, 2016. (AFP/Tobias Schwarz)

A large truck rammed into a Christmas market in a busy shopping district in Berlin in what German authorities say was likely a terrorist attack.

At least 12 people are dead and around 50 injured after the truck drove through numerous stands at the market near Berlin's Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Monday.

Authorities say the main suspect is 23-year-old Naved B, a refugee from Pakistan, who arrived in the country a year ago and has been living in a refugee home. He has denied any involvement.

The driver of the truck fled the scene immediately after the attack. A man believed to be the driver was arrested shortly afterwards.

The suspect was not known to German authorities for any links to extremism, but had committed minor offences.

A dead man, who police say was Polish, was found on the truck's passenger seat and could have been the original driver. Police believe the truck was hijacked.


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