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Old 12-20-2016, 02:34 AM
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Default Berlin Truck Attack at Christmas market

Berlin Christmas market: 12 dead, 48 hospitalized in truck crash
By Darran Simon, Ralph Ellis and Frederik Pleitgen, CN

Berlin (CNN)

A tractor trailer barreled into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others. Witnesses said shoppers screamed and dropped packages and glasses of mulled wine as the truck plowed into the market.

Officials are investigating the crash as an act of terrorism, according to a German intelligence official familiar with the matter. Authorities have apprehended the suspected driver, according to a police spokesman.
Some of the 48 people in the hospital have serious injuries, Berlin police tweeted.

The truck that was involved in the crash at Breitscheidplatz, in the western part of central Berlin, had Polish license plates, police spokeswoman Kerstin Ziesmer said.
Police tweeted that a Polish citizen was found dead in the truck.

Ariel Zurawski, owner of the truck company, told TVN 24, a private Polish television news network and CNN affiliate, the truck, carrying a steel shipment, may have been hijacked.
Zurawski said his cousin -- the truck's regular driver -- couldn't have been behind the wheel and wasn't the man who ran from the scene.
"My scenario is that they did something to him and hijacked this truck," he said.
Witness Emma Rushton told CNN that the truck didn't slow down. She said the truck was traveling about 40 mph through the crowded pedestrian area.
"There's no way it was an accident," Rushton said. "We saw at least 10 people" injured and lying on the ground.

German officials have been concerned about security around Christmas markets, which are the main place for holiday shopping and refreshments, such as the mulled beverage Gluhwein.

The US State Department alerted US citizens in November to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, especially during the holiday season. The alert, which encouraged citizens to be cautious at the holiday festivals, expires on February 20.

Reichelt told CNN that the market would be busy every night of the week leading up to Christmas.

The market at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church has existed for 33 years, according to the Visit Berlin website. The stands offer delights such as handmade crafts, "sweet waffles, candied fruit and nuts crafts."


Attack happened Monday evening, Dec 19, 2016 Berlin time.
RIP to the victims and deep symphaty to te Berliners as they prepare for the warm festivities of 2016's Christmas.
This reminds us of similar event happened ini Nice, France, July 2016 that killed 86 people.

Terrorist organization and leaders had been known to "encourage" their sympathizers all around the world to do such attack using vehicles.

Terror groups have used the Internet to encourage followers in the West to use vehicles to stage attacks, according to CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.
Al Qaeda's Yemeni branch encouraged its recruits in the West in its 2010 webzine, Inspire, to use the trucks as a weapon in an article headlined "The Ultimate Mowing Machine," Bergen wrote.
In September 2014, an ISIS spokesman similarly encouraged such attacks, saying of ISIS' enemies, "Run him over with your car," according to Bergen.

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German media reported that the truck driver jumped the sidewalk around wooden stands at the market, which was set up around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church,....Local media reported that the driver fled the scene. Later, the Berlin police said they had arrested a man near the Christmas market, but they were not immediately able to confirm whether he was the driver.


The man believed to have driven a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin Monday evening had come to Germany as a refugee from Pakistan this past February, multiple German media outlets reported


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The peaceful religion strikes again. The poor refugees strike again. Peaceful jihad strikes again and leftists are still playing apologists. Merkel has blood on her hands!
Shalom to everyone!
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