Police said they have since arrested a “suspicious person” near the market but it is not yet clear if he was the truck driver.
A truck drove into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market in Germany on Monday evening, killing nine and injuring several others.
The truck drove over the sidewalk and into market stalls in front of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, according to witnesses.
Police said they have since arrested a “suspicious person” near the market but it is not yet clear if he was the truck driver. A passenger in the truck was killed in the crash, police stated.
German authorities are still investigating whether the crash was an accident or a deliberate attack. However, the Islamic State and al-Qaida have encouraged their followers to use trucks in attacks on large crowds.
It would be recalled that on July 14, a truck crashed into a crowd in Nice, France celebrating Bastille Day. The attack, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility, left 86 people dead.
“The scene certainly looks like a reminder of what we have seen in Nice,” Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of Bild Berlin, told Reuters.
Just one month ago, the United States State Department urged caution in markets and other public spaces during the Christmas season, saying that the Islamic State and al-Qaida were focusing “on the upcoming holiday season and associated events.”