Berlin terror attack: 12 dead, 49 injured as truck ploughs into crowd at Christmas market

Posted by DanielS on Monday, 19 December 2016 16:04.

“Berlin terror attack: twelve dead, 49 injured as truck ploughs into crowd at Christmas market”

Telegraph, 19 Dec 2016:

  • At least twelve dead, 49 injured at Berlin market.
  • Attack occurred at Breitscheidplatz, outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
  • Police indicate incident is likely to be terror related - Isil claims responsibility.
  • Initial suspect released, terrorist still at large, likely armed and dangerous.

A truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin on Monday evening, killing twelve people and injuring up to 49 others.

According to local police, the first indications pointed to a terrorist attack on the market, situated at the foot of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church.

The incident evoked memories of an attack on Nice in France in July when Tunisian-born man drove a 19-tonne truck along the beach front, mowing down people who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.

       

The truck careered into the Berlin market at what would have been one of the most crowded times for the Christmas market, when adults and children would be gathering in the traditional cluster of wooden huts that sell food and Christmas goods.

“I heard a big noise and then I moved on the Christmas market and saw much chaos…many injured people,” Jan Hollitzer, deputy editor in chief of Berliner Morgenpost, told CNN. “It was really traumatic.”


Update:

Berlin attacker Anis Amri killed in Milan

BBC, “Berlin attacker Anis Amri killed in Milan”, 23 Dec 2016:

The Berlin market attacker, Anis Amri, has been shot dead by police in Milan.

The Tunisian criminal fired on police who asked him for ID during a routine patrol in the Sesto San Giovanni area in the early hours of Friday.

German authorities say fingerprints they provided have confirmed the dead man is Amri. They are trying to find out if he had accomplices.

Monday’s attack on a Berlin Christmas market left 12 people dead and 49 injured.

What we know

Prime suspect

Freedom or security, Berlin asks


IS released a video showing Amri pledging allegiance

...leading Eurosceptics - including French National Front leader Marine Le Pen - have criticised open European borders, a result of the Schengen pact, for allowing a fugitive to move between countries.

Meanwhile, the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group has released a video showing Amri pledging allegiance to its leader, Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi.

He does not make any reference to the Berlin attack, which IS claimed soon afterwards. It is not clear when or where the video was filmed.

Shortly before releasing the video, IS acknowledged Amri’s death in Milan.

When Italian police stopped the suspect, who was on foot, at 03:00 (02:00 GMT), he “immediately drew out a gun” and shot at the two policemen, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said.

Officer Cristian Movio was injured in the shoulder but his injuries are not life-threatening.

His junior colleague, Luca Scata, who had been in the police for just nine months, was the one who fired the shot which killed Amri.

German officials found Amri’s fingerprints inside the truck that was used in Monday evening’s attack.

Federal prosecutor Peter Frank said the focus of the criminal investigation into the killings now was to establish whether Amri had had a network of supporters who helped him to plan and carry out the attack or to flee.

Investigators are also trying to establish whether the gun used in the shooting in Milan is the same weapon used to kill the Polish driver of the truck, who was found dead with stab and gun wounds in the cab.

The attack took place at a busy Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the west of the German capital.

According to the Italian news agency Ansa, Anis Amri travelled by train from France to Turin, and then took another train to Milan.

From the central station he travelled on to Sesto San Giovanni, a working-class area.

Amri, a Tunisian national aged 24, had served a prison sentence in Italy after being convicted of vandalism, threats and theft in 2011.

He was known to Italian authorities for his violent behaviour while imprisoned.

After his release he was asked to leave the country. He later arrived in Germany where he applied for asylum in April of this year.

His application was rejected by the German authorities but they were unable to deport him to Tunisia because he had no valid identification papers.

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Witnesses tell of devastation

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Posted by Christmas delivery from the 5 wise men on Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:03 | #


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Posted by Terror in heart of Berlin on Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:17 | #

DM, 19 Dec 2016:

‘Afghan refugee’ * (the suspect was mis-identified and has since been released) turned off HGV’s lights and drove stolen lorry into shoppers at 40mph killing 12 and injuring 48 after first ‘hijacking and killing the driver’

A refugee is thought to have been behind the wheel of a 25-tonne articulated lorry which mowed down and killed 12 people - and injured 48 others - as it sped at 40mph through a busy Christmas market in Berlin.

The vehicle laden with steel cargo mounted the pavement at 7pm, before tearing through stalls and shoppers on Breitscheidplatz Square, outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the German capital’s main shopping area.

       

The man at the wheel * - who according to German newspaper Berliner used different aliases, was of Afghan heritage* and had arrived in Germany in February - fled the scene before being arrested at a nearby zoo (*suspect was mis-identified and since released).

Police confirmed the original driver, who was transporting steel beams from Poland to Germany, was a Polish national who was found dead in the lorry’s cabin. It is thought he was hijacked.

As German police, the White House and Germany’s top security official indicated the incident was terror related, there was a chilling echo of the deadly terror attack in the French city of Nice in July. It also came just one hour after the Russian ambassador was shot dead in Ankara.

The harrowing incident also comes amid repeated warnings from various security agencies that ISIS planned to wreak havoc on European countries during the festive season, specifically threatening Christmas markets.


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Posted by Update on Berlin on Wed, 21 Dec 2016 03:40 | #

Update:

        The ‘Afghan refugee’ suspect has been released, actual culprit still at large

DT: An intense manhunt was underway on Tuesday night for the perpetrator of the Berlin terror attack, as police warned he was still at large and could be armed and dangerous.

       

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the attack in which a lorry ploughed through a crowded Christmas market in the heart of the city, leaving 12 dead and 49 wounded.

The claim came less than two hours after the sole suspect in the case was released without charge as police admitted they had arrested the wrong man.

A day that had begun with the killer believed to be in custody ended with the city on edge and heavily armed police patrolling the streets.

“A soldier of the Islamic State carried out the Berlin operation in response to appeals to target citizens of the crusader coalition countries,” Isil claimed in a statement via its Amaq news agency.

The group has previously called on supporters to use truck attacks to target civilians in Europe.


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Posted by Anis Amri Armed and Dangerous on Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:08 | #


Armed and Dangerous


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Posted by Support network of Berlin truck terrorist on Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:57 | #

New Observer, “Berlin Truck Refugee-Terrorist’s Trail”, 28 Dec 2016:

The arrest of a possible accomplice—yet another Tunisian invader pretending to be a refugee—of the Berlin truck terrorist attacker, combined with the news that the terrorist traveled to the Netherlands, France, and Italy—and had the key to a mosque in the city of Dortmund—has cast further light on how the liberal-created nonwhite invasion has completely overrun western Europe.

               

According to Der Spiegel, federal investigators arrested a 40-year-old Tunisian invader in Berlin believed to have helped Anis Amri, the refugee-terrorist who attacked a Christmas market, killing 12 people.

German police stormed the Tunisian’s “living and business premises” in the Tempelhof district of Berlin in the early hours of December 28, reports said.

The second arrest follows an analysis of data found on Amri’s cell phone, police said.

“Further investigations indicate that he [the second suspect] could have been involved in the attack,” a statement from the Berlin Federal Prosecutor said.

Other data from the refugee-terrorist’s cell phone showed that just minutes before he drove the truck into the Christmas market, Amri sent voice and text messages to fellow Muslim invaders in Berlin and the Ruhr region of western Germany.

[...]

Amri’s path through four western European states, his ability to rely on an already established network of supporters—with the Dortmund mosque key indicating friends at the highest levels in Muslim colonizer circles—is the clearest demonstration yet of the consequences of the race-denying “open borders” immigration policies followed by the ruling elite.



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