Der mutmaßliche Lkw-Fahrer aus Pakistan soll nach Informationen der “Welt” am 16. Februar 2016 als Flüchtling nach Deutschland gekommen sein. Der Berliner “Tagesspiegel” berichtete unter Berufung auf Sicherheitskreise, der Mann sei den Ermittlern bekannt, allerdings nicht wegen eines terroristischen Hintergrundes, sondern wegen kleinerer krimineller Delikte.
Truck attack on Berlin Christmas market: 9 dead, 50 injured
The alleged truck driver from Pakistan is said to have come to Germany as a refugee on 16 February 2016 according to information from the “world”. The Berlin “Tagesspiegel” reported that the man was known to the investigators, but not because of a terrorist background, but because of minor criminal offenses.
A truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing nine people and injuring up to 50 others, police said, in what appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks in Germany in decades.
Police said on Twitter that they had taken one suspect into custody and that another passenger from the truck had died as it crashed into people gathered around the wooden huts serving mulled wine and sausages at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church in the heart of west Berlin.
“We heard a loud bang,” Emma Rushton, a tourist, told CNN. “We started to see the top of an articulated truck, a lorry … just crashing through the stalls, through people.”
The incident evoked memories of an attack in Nice, France in July when a 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. That attack was claimed by Islamic State.
Police at the scene told German media that the crash appeared to be a deliberate act.
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.
U.S. National Security spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. condemned the “horrific incident,” which he said “appears to have been a terrorist attack.”
Across Germany, political leaders expressed anxiety over the incident and the possibility of further dangers.
“Our worst fears have come true with this suspected attack on the Christmas market in Berlin,” said Stephan Mayer, a senior member in parliament for Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s conservative party. “We’ve got to review the security for Christmas markets across Germany, and be ready to possibly accept that they can’t take place anymore.”
Merkel’s party is already considering banning Christmas markets to appease Muslim terrorists?
The incident revived memories of the attack in July in Nice, France, when a truck driver plowed through a national holiday crowd and killed more than 80 people during Bastille Day celebrations.
“We’re very much hoping that this isn’t an attack as we’ve been fearing for weeks,” said Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller. “It’s depressing to see that we’ve now experienced what our friends in other cities have gone through in the past.”
There were reports in the German media that the truck had been hijacked and the Polish driver killed.
Police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel described the carnage caused by the truck, which left the road and veered up onto the curb and into the market where dozens of small handmade wooden stalls were shattered.
“The truck carved a swathe between the wooden stalls of between 60 to 80 meters,” Wenzel told reporters. “Witnesses said that a man fled from the cabin of the truck. A second man found in the cabin of the truck is dead. We had a description of the man who fled and were able to capture a person matching that description near the Victory Column monument.”
Witness Mike Fox told The Associated Press at the scene that the large truck missed him by only about three meters as it drove into the market, tearing through tables and wooden stands.
“It was definitely deliberate,” said the tourist from Birmingham, England.
She should be immediately arrested for treason! As should many high-ranking officials in the United States.
Update 1: Pakistani suspect is released – How German police bungled the hunt for Berlin Christmas market killer | Daily Mail Online
…the Pakistani asylum seeker held in the aftermath of the Berlin Christmas market massacre was held because he accidentally jumped a red light.
Naved Baluch, 23, who arrived in Germany a year ago, was seized and blamed for Monday night’s carnage after witnesses saw him commit a traffic offence a mile away.
Detectives, who flew him out of Berlin and across the country to Karlsruhe to question him, took 18 hours to realise Mr Baluch, who had no blood on his clothes and no injuries, did not drive a lorry through crowds to kill 12 and wound 48 more.