The search for the driver who plowed a lorry into a crowded Berlin Christmas market killing 12 and injuring 50 has hit a snag. German police sources told the Die Welt newspaper they believe they have the wrong person in custody.
The man who was taken into custody was identified as “Naved B,” a 23-year-old Pakistani refugee who came to Germany a year ago and was granted a temporary residence permit in June 2016.
Naved B is believed to have entered Germany under a false name on New Year’s Eve 2015, may have been radicalized by an ISIS handler after arriving in the country, and has allegedly been held for a sex attack in July.
“We have the wrong man and therefore a new situation,” a senior police chief told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper. “The true perpetrator is still armed, at large and can cause fresh damage.”
Although this Pakistani refugee has denied involvement in the attack, Bavaria’s interior minister Joachim Herrmann has called for a review of German refugee policy in light of the incident.
“If it is confirmed that this attack was committed by someone who has been registered as an asylum seeker in the country, then it must lead to a fundamental reflection on the design of the whole refugee system,” Herrmann said on German radio.
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