Lorry Kills 12 at Christmas Market in Berlin

A fallen Christmas tree lies beside the crashed lorry in Berlin, 19 DecemberImage copyrightAP Image caption A fallen Christmas tree lay beside the crashed lorry, Photo credit AP
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An articulated lorry has ploughed into a busy Christmas market  at Breitscheidplatz in the heart of Berlin, Germany killing 12 people and injuring 48.

According to BBC report, Germany’s Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said “many things” pointed to a deliberate attack.

Police said on Twitter that the lorry driver had been arrested, and that a passenger died from his injuries..

Almost 50 people are in hospital and at least four have suffered serious injuries.

Security sources cited by the German news agency DPA said that the driver of the truck was an asylum seeker from Afghanistan or Pakistan who had arrived in Germany in February.

Berlin police spokesman Winfried Wenzel said a suspect believed to be the person driving the vehicle was picked up about a mile (2 kilometres) away from the crash site, near Berlin’s Victory Column monument, and was being interrogated.

Ambulances and heavily armed police rushed to the scene of the crash

Eyewitness and British tourist Emma Rushton: “There’s no way it just veered off the main road”

Images of the lorry show that it was registered in neighbouring Poland. Police believe it may have been stolen from a construction site there.

Police said the passenger who died was Polish.

Ariel Zurawski, the Polish owner of the lorry, confirmed that his driver was missing and had been unreachable since 16:00 (15:00 GMT) on Monday.

“We haven’t heard from him since this afternoon,” he told the AFP news agency.

“We don’t know what happened to him. He’s my cousin, I’ve known him since I was a kid. I can vouch for him.”

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Culled from BBC

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