Berlin police says at least nine dead after truck plows into crowded Christmas market; attack believed
In the words of Bob Dylan : How many deaths will it take til he knows, too many people have died? :crying:
praying for the dead and injured and their loved ones as well as the police officers and security.
9 dead, others injured after truck drives into Berlin Christmas market abcn.ws/2hMHV75
Looks like terrorism. IS has taken credit already.
They are now saying it was a deliberate attack, ala Nice France.
Praying for all involved…
President Elect Donald Trump has commented on the attack.
S President-elect Donald Trump branded Monday's deadly event in Berlin a "terror attack".
Taking to Twitter, Trump said: "Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany - and it is only getting worse.
“The civilized world must change thinking!”
He also said, although not over Twitter, that “Islamist terrorists” slaughter Christians “as part of their global jihad”.itv.com/news/update/2016-12-19/donald-trump-berlin-events-a-terror-attack/
what happened in Switzerland?
I do wonder how much of this was going on during the heat of the election. Maybe they took a break to allow our politics to play out. I’m joking of course.
The reports are still sketchy. One report indicates one man was found dead in the truck while a suspect, who was also in the truck, is on the loose.
Praying for the deceased & injured & their families.
3 more dead, taking the toll to 12 latimes.com/world/la-fg-german-truck-christmas-market-20161219-story.html
White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price described the incident as an apparent “terrorist attack.”
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and wounded dozens. We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of those killed, just as we wish a speedy recovery to all of those wounded. We also extend our heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Germany,” the statement reads.
Price added that the U.S. has offered to aid Germany in the investigation.
“We have been in touch with German officials, and we stand ready to provide assistance as they recover from and investigate this horrific incident. Germany is one of our closest partners and strongest allies, and we stand together with Berlin in the fight against all those who target our way of life and threaten our societies,” he said.
President-elect Donald Trump also released a statement about the incident, calling it “horrifying.”
“Our hearts and prayers are with the loved ones of the victims of today’s horrifying terror attack in Berlin. Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday,” Trump said.
Trump went on to appear to tie the incident to ISIS.
“ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad. These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners,” he concluded.
The owner of a Polish trucking company says the driver who was the first victim of the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin was stabbed and shot to death in the cabin of his truck.
Ariel Zurawski says German authorities asked him to identify the victim, Lukasz Urban, 37, from photos.
“His face was swollen and bloodied. It was really clear that he was fighting for his life,” Zurawski said, speaking to broadcaster TVN.
Lukasz Wasik, the manager of the trucking company, described Urban as a “good, quiet and honest person” devoted to his work.
“I believe he would not give up the vehicle and would defend it to the end if were attacked,” Wasik said in comments carried by TVP, Poland’s state broadcaster.
Germany’s top security official says a suspect arrested after the truck attack in Berlin “comes from Pakistan” and had applied for asylum.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters Tuesday that the suspect entered Germany on Dec. 31, 2015, and arrived in Berlin in February.
He says that so far authorities have no knowledge of a claim of responsibility from the Islamic State group.
Germany’s top security official says authorities have “no doubt” that the fatal ramming of a busy Christmas market in Berlin on Monday was an intentional attack.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says 12 people were killed. Among the dead was a Polish citizen found on the passenger seat of the truck with a gunshot wound.
De Maiziere told reporters on Tuesday that a man arrested in connection with the attack has denied to police that he was involved.
Arrested man ‘not the driver’ - report
Germany’s Die Welt newspaper is quoting a “high-raking security source” as saying the arrested Pakistani man is not believed to be the person who carried out the deadly attack.
The man has denied any involvement.
“The real attacker is still armed and on the loose and can do more damage,” the source told the newspaper.
Police and special units have been informed, the source told Die Welt.
Berlin police have renewed their calls for people in the city to report anything suspicious
thanks for the updates.
ISIS has claimed responsibility dw.com/en/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-berlin-attack/a-36844638
I guess Trump was right.
And here’s what the city of Koln has planned for New Year’s Eve, (since prior to the latest attack) this year in order to preserve the multi-cultural disaster that is modern Germany dw.com/en/cologne-police-to-deploy-1500-on-new-year-to-prevent-sex-attacks-theft/a-36735806