- By Mustafa Ali
Mass injuries and 9 fatalities have been reported after a heavy goods vehicle ploughs into crowds at a christmas market in Berlin
The incident happened in one of Berlin’s largest Christmas markets, located in the western Charlottenburg district. It is also close to Berlin’s key shopping mile, Kurfuerstendamm, and popular tourist attraction, Memorial Church.
“We can confirm nine fatalities & many injured. A lot of our colleagues are at #Breitscheidplatz to investigate the background” a message on the official police Twitter account said.
Two people are said to have been inside the HGV when it smashed into the market, a police spokesperson told Berlin Morgenpost.
One of the suspects was killed on site by police officials confirmed. The other suspect was arrested close to the scene.
Police believe that the surviving suspect was the driver of the vehicle.
Just now a truck drove over the sideway at #Breitscheidplatz. Our colleagues report injured people. More information here.
— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) December 19, 2016
“It looked like [it was done] on purpose”. A police officer who witnessed the incident told Berliner Zeitung.
Police evacuated the Christmas market and sealed it off. A nearby Underground station, Zoologischer Garten, was closed at both the entrance and exit.
Law enforcement has called on people in Berlin not to leave their homes and refrain from any speculation the incident.
The incident bears a striking resemblance to the attack in neighboring France this summer. On July 14, a truck drove into crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in the coastal city of Nice, killing 86 people. Around 400 were injured in the attack, which French officials labelled a terrorist act. The driver of the lorry was later killed in a shootout with police.
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