As many as 12 persons were killed and 48 others injured after a truck, with Polish license plates, ploughed into a Christmas market full of revellers near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the Breitscheidplatz, a public plaza on December 18.
Over social networking site Twitter, the German police referred to the crash as a presumed terrorist attack. While the police have arrested the truck driver whose identity has not been known, another person, a Polish national, was found dead in the truck when it careened into the crowd in Berlin. The authorities arrested the assumed truck driver from some distance away from the spot.
While the police confirmed that the ramming incident was intentional, US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price drew a similar conclusion. Similar sentiments were also expressed by Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, who said that he does not want to use word attack as yet.
The White House decried the ramming incident as a terrorist attack and said that shades of the Nice attack were audible in this attack.
Calling the ramming incident as a horrifying terrorist attack, US President-elect Donald Trump said that Islamist terrorists and their networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth.
Sources said that the suspect, who arrived in Germany seeking asylum, was believed to be a Pakistani. It may be noted Germany was hit by a string of attacks claimed by the Islamic State, this year.
As per the police, the killings in Berlin came hours after a gunman in Zurich opened fire in an Islamic centre, wounding three persons who were praying.