A fatal truck attack has been reported in the German capital. On the night of December 19, a truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin resulting in multiple injuries and deaths. The AFP reports that 50 people have been injured and that “several” are dead. A tweet from the Berlin police say that nine people have been killed.
The nature of the incident is eerily similar to the July 2016 truck attack in Nice that claimed the lives of 86 people.
— Tom Feneux (@Chief_MarshallR) December 19, 2016
The BBC reports that authorities in Berlin believe it was a “deliberate attack.” The market is known as Breitscheidplatz. The network quoted a reporter at the location describing it as a “gruesome scene.”
Witnesses said the crash was not an accident and the lorry had shown no signs of slowing down.
One spoke of the vehicle “going through people” and “pulling everything down” as it tore through tables and wooden stands.
— Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) December 19, 2016
This incident comes just hours after Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot dead in Ankara. A policeman named Mevlut Mert Altintas has named as the gunman.