A truck has plowed into a Christmas market in western Berlin killing nine people and injuring dozens more in a suspected terrorist attack.
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 a famous tourist site, 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 were inside the lorry when it smashed into the market, a police spokesperson told Berlin Morgenpost. They confirmed they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
One was captured on the spot, but later died, the official said. Another suspect was discovered nearby and taken to a police station.
Police believe that the surviving suspect was the driver of the lorry.
“It looked like [it was done] on purpose,” a police officer who witnessed the incident told Berliner Zeitung.
According to a spokesperson from Berlin Fire Department, “around 50” were injured.
Police evacuated the Christmas market and sealed it off. A nearby Underground station, Zoologischer Garten, was closed at both the entrance and exit.
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