On Monday, a truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin injuring at least 50 people and killing nine. The incident is being treated as a terrorist attack, according to German news source DPA citing police sources.
Local German media report the attack happened upon the Christmas market outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church around evening time. There was also damage to infrastructure, tables and stalls. One witness said the truck had a Polish license plate.
A policewoman reportedly told German media outlet Bild that there was at least nine fatalities thus far. A reporter for the Berliner Morgenpost described a “gruesome scene,” and a police spokesman described it as a “severe incident.”
“It did not attempt to slow down” an eyewitness said. “It was terrifying. People were enjoying themselves, enjoying the Christmas lights, the atmosphere, when this happened.”
There were two attackers in the truck. One has been killed and the other is reportedly on foot after he fled the scene. A manhunt is being conducted.
The incident is reminiscent of the truck terrorist attack in Nice, France this summer. “It looks like something that was adapted by Nice,” said Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief at Bild, referring to the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice, France, that left at least 80 people dead and more than 400 injured.
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