ISIS claims responsibility for Berlin Christmas market attack
Amaq's statement notes the attack was "in response to appeals to target nationals of the international coalition" fighting ISIS
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack at a Berlin Christmas market on Tuesday, which killed at least 12 people and injured around 50 others.
The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency released a statement saying Monday night's attack was carried out by "a soldier of the Islamic State" in response to calls by the group's leadership to target citizens of international coalition countries. Amaq's statement notes the attack was "in response to appeals to target nationals of the international coalition" fighting ISIS.
The statement came shortly after German officials released the sole suspect it had in connection with the attack, a 23-year-old asylum-seeker from Pakistan who was arrested about a mile-and-a-half from the scene of Monday’s carnage. Police announced that they did not have enough evidence to tie him to the attack. German investigators have been treating the attack as an act of terrorism.
Condoning the attack, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had said, “I know that it would be particularly difficult for all of us to bear if it is confirmed that this deed was carried out by a person who sought protection and asylum in Germany,” she was quoted as saying by The New York Times.