Berlin attack: Truck ploughs into crowd at Christmas market, 12 killed

The White House has labelled the crash as an apparent "terrorist attack". National Security spokesman Ned Price said the US condemned the events "in the strongest terms".

Berlin attack: Truck ploughs into crowd at Christmas market, 12 killed

At least 12 people were killed and 48 were injured after a truck ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin, Germany.

The vehicle mounted the pavement at about 40mph and crashed into them. The driver fled the incident spot, but later arrested by police.

According to media report, a passenger in the truck – which came from Poland and may have been hijacked – was later found dead inside. It is believed he may have been the original driver of the truck. German authorities later confirmed that the passenger was a Polish national.


The White House has labelled the crash as an apparent "terrorist attack". National Security spokesman Ned Price said the US condemned the events "in the strongest terms".

According to CNN report, officials were said to be investigating the crash as a terrorist act.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, expressed her sympathy for the victims of the incident.

Germany was put on high alert for a major terror attack in the months after Merkel opened the country’s borders to more than one million refugees from the Middle East.

The incident came soon after the Russian ambassador to Turkey had been shot dead in the Turkish capital Ankara by a policeman who claimed to be taking revenge for Moscow’s involvement in the battle for Aleppo.