Berlin bombing: truck rushes into crowd at Christmas market

On Monday December 19, 2016 at 20:00 p.m., a crazy truck hit the stalls and crowds at the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. The death toll is 12 dead and 48 injured, transported to hospitals according to Berlin firefighters. This attack is reminiscent of the Nice attack on July 14.

A As of this writing, the attack has yet to be claimed. As the investigations are just beginning, the very cautious German police have said that the thesis of the attack is the most likely.

As soon as help arrived on the scene, the police asked Berliners to stay at home, not to spread rumors, and to respect families by not broadcasting images of the injured. The Polish truck loaded with steel beams was supposed to deliver to a construction site and was reportedly stolen. The Berlin police apprehended the driver after a passenger in the truck is said to have died instantly. Without news of its driver, the transport company to which this truck belonged said it had lost contact around 15:00 p.m.

So it was around 20:00 p.m., a stone's throw from the Memorial Church to the west of downtown Berlin, that the driver threw the truck against this Christmas market where onlookers were, in a very touristy area. from the German capital. All the testimonies collected by the numerous journalists on the spot, describe a truck which "did not try to stop" and the local authorities speak of "voluntary act", while remaining cautious about the motivations of the driver.

British tourist Emma Rushton told Sky News she was having a glass of mulled wine with her friends when they heard "a really loud bang", saw "some Christmas lights fall on the floor" . “We saw the articulated vehicle go past people and pits and just knock everything down. Then everything went black. It was very difficult to be there, ”she describes.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, through her spokesperson Steffen Seibert, expressed all her sadness, and declared “weep for the dead”.

Nathanael Bechdolff

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