Here is the latest:
- Local police confirm twelve people were killed, and 48 injured when a truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in east Berlin around 8:00pm on Monday evening.
- According to local police, the incident, which took place at the foot of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church, is likely terror related
- According to information from German newspaper Die Welt, the alleged truck driver is from Pakistan, and is reported to have arrived as a refugee in Germany on 16 February 2016.
- The dead passenger was a Polish national.
- German police is urging Berliners to stay at home; Merkel is to be briefed by the German Interior Minister.
additionally, Die Welt reports Trump noting that…
The drama on the Berlin Christmas market is a “terrible terror attack”. “Innocent civilians were murdered on the street when they were just about to celebrate the Christmas holidays,” Trump wrote in a message.
“The Islamic state and other Islamic terrorists regularly slaughter Christians in their communities,” Trump continues.
terrorists, their regional and world-wide networks would have to be
eradicated: “An order which we will carry out jointly with all partners
who are liberty-loving.”
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A truck plowed into a crowd at a busy Christmas market in western Berlin leaving at least nine dead according to Berlin police, and over 50 people injured. The driver of the truck has been arrested and his co-driver is said to have died during the crash.
Local media, citing police at the scene, said first indications pointed to an attack on the market, situated in front of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a popular site for tourists. A police spokesperson told German media that they are treating the truck incident in Berlin as a terrorist attack.
“I heard a big noise and then I moved on the Christmas market and saw much chaos…many injured people,” Jan Hollitzer, deputy editor in chief of Berliner Morgenpost, told CNN. “It was really traumatic.”
The vehicle “drove sideways” onto the pavement at Breitscheidplatz, a major public square, reported Polizei Berlin.
Police cars and ambulances converged quickly on the scene as a huge security operation unfolded.
Images of the collision aftermath show the area cordoned off with emergency services and police attending the scene
A spokeswoman for the Berlin police said that around 8:00 p.m. local time a semitrailer truck drove onto the sidewalk drove onto the sidewalk near Breitscheidplatz. After hitting the people, the truck then swerved back into the street where it came to a stop, she said.
Two people were in the truck as it smashed into the Christmas market, a police spokesperson told Berlin Morgenpost. German newspaper Die Welt is reporting that the driver of the truck, who is currently in custody, was from Pakistan and entered Germany on February 16, 2016. The passenger, a polish national, was detained at the scene but later died, the official said.
German media reports the driver was a Pakistani known to authorities.http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/12/19/at-least-9-dead-dozens-injured-after-truck-plows-into-berlin-christmas-market-in-apparent-terror-attack.html …
At least 12 dead, 48 injured after truck plows into Berlin Christmas market in apparent terror…
A truck rammed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin Monday night, killing at least 12 people and injured 48 others in what witnesses described as a deliberate attack.
Meanwhile German police has called on Berliners to “stay at home” after the deadly truck attack.
Television pictures from Berlin showed the truck standing amid debris by small wooden stalls that make up the “Christkindlmarkt” of which there are several in Berlin at this time of year. Police cars and ambulances converged on the scene.
Reuters reports that the German Interior minister to brief German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Berlin’s mayor about the Christmas market incident, according to Reuters.
Later in the day, US National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price condemned “what appears to have been a terrorist attack” on the Berlin Christmas market.
“We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of those killed, just as we wish a speedy recovery to all of those wounded. We also extend our heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Germany.”
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An eye witness, British tourist Emma Rushton, was speaking to CNN from her hotel room in Berlin. She said:
We were enjoying the Christmas lights when we heard a loud bang. We were sitting down, ready to get up. We saw to our left Christmas lights torn down and we saw the top of an articulated lorry crashing through the stalls and through people.
The lorry was driving fast, and it showed few signs that it was slowing down. We wanted to get out as soon as possible, we wanted to get to a safe place.
She said she considered stopping to help the wounded, but decided it was too dangerous to remain in the area, and instead returned to her hotel.
From my opinion, it was going at 40mph, there was no road nearby and no signs it was slowing down. It did not feel like an accident…there was no way it could have come off like an accident, it was through the middle of the market.
If it did not feel like an accident it is perhaps because it is now being considered as the latest act of terrorism.
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What is notable about this attack, and what may led to even more populist anger, is that as we reported last night, on November 21, the state department warned Americans travelling to Europe to be aware of possible terrorist attacks on Christmas markets
U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets. This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017.
Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events.
U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility that extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks during this period with little or no warning. Terrorists may employ a wide variety of tactics, using both conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.
We are confident Merkel will be asked why she didn’t give out a similar warning to her own citizens.
The Police have said that the first indications from the ongoing investigation suggest the truck crash was an attack on the Christmas market.
Police said that “numerous” people had been injured, but there is presently no information on potential fatalities.
When the government in power resorts to censorship of an opposing political party, it should be stripped of the words ‘Christian’ and ‘Democratic’ from its name. But this is what happens when a Muslim-sympathizing Jew like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook makes a deal with the devil – Angela Merkel.
Let’s hope this will be one of thousands of voices that publicly lay the blame directly at the feet of Angela Merkel for her illegal opening of the borders to hundreds of thousands of dangerous and parasitic Muslim invaders who want nothing more than to rape, plunder and destroy the culture and values of Germany…in their quest to turn Germany into the same kind of Islamic hellholes they crawled out of.
To the German people: don’t let her sudden call for the banning of the burqa distract you from the fact that Merkel is a traitor to her country and should be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity.
But how many of them are already here?
Police say Muslims are brawling in the streets, vandalizing public property in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and committing serious sexual assaults.
UK Daily Mail Dr Sigrid Meierhofer has now written about the ‘massive problems’ in a letter begging for help from Bavarian politician Maria Els, which was leaked to the press. The mayor, from the centre-left SPD party, says she will need to take action ‘to secure public safety and order’ after a series of public clashes with police.
The Abrams centre, a former US Army site that now houses around 250 Muslim invaders posing as asylum seekers, is also affecting tourism and the health of residents, she claims. ‘There has been an increasingly worsening situation in recent weeks around the registration centre Abrams,’ wrote the mayor, in what was seen as a cry for help.
Mayor Meierhofer makes it plain that the current occupiers of the building have become ‘problematic’ and said she is increasingly concerned about ‘public order’.
Deputy police chief Thomas Holzer recently said: ‘The blacks are in charge,’ as he described the constant clashes with asylum seekers at the centre. He went on: ‘There are brawls, fights and property damage. The blacks occupy the best wi-fi places, choose who sleeps in what room.
Local social media speaks gravely of sexual assaults of the worst kind taking place in the accommodation centre. Frau Meierhofer explained in her letter that the complaints from locals were accumulating and that they were not from the far-right or other extremist groups.
A local official was outraged that the letter, and the deputy police chief, identified black Africans for causing the trouble, saying ‘stereotyping’ was unacceptable. But the mayor’s office insisted she was telling it like it is, not as bureaucrats elsewhere would like it to be.
Europe in 2029? Or 2019?
German officials were quick to claim the attack was “right wing xenophobic” before having any information about the attacker(s). Dresden is the headquarters of the anti-Islamization movement PEGIDA and the scene of many anti-Muslim rallies by the increasingly popular Alternative for Germany (ADF) party.
RT Two improvised explosive devices have gone off in the eastern German city of Dresden, targeting a mosque and an international conference center. No one was injured, according to police, although the mosque was severely damaged. Both explosions took place on Monday evening. Police first responded to an emergency call informing them of an explosion at a mosque on Hühndorfer Street.
The authorities said that the imam and his family had been inside the mosque at the time of the detonation, but had managed to escape unharmed. The door of the mosque was pushed inward by the force of the blast and the building was heavily covered in soot. The second explosion took place shortly afterwards, in front of Dresden’s International Congress Center on Devrientstrasse. The bar of a nearby hotel was evacuated.
Michael Opperskalski, journalist and expert on international affairs, told RT he also sees a xenophobic background to the attacks in Dresden, noting that the nationalist sentiment gradually gaining popularity in Germany is a political threat to the country.
Germany was the target of several violent attacks this summer, with three of them committed by migrants. In two cases the assailants pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
On July 24, a 27-year-old Syrian refugee, who had pledged allegiance to the terrorist group, detonated a bomb in the Bavarian town of Ansbach, killing himself and injuring 15 people. On 18 July, a 17-year-old refugee armed with an ax and knife injured five people when he attacked passengers on a train near the city of Wuerzburg, also in Bavaria, before being shot by police. The attack was later claimed by ISIS.
Following the attacks, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned that more than 520 Muslim migrants in the country are capable of committing “unexpected” and potentially “high-profile” terrorist attacks, stressing that the Islamic terrorist threat in Germany is “very real.”