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Berlin: at least nine dead after truck crashes into Christmas market

9:32 pm - 12/19/2016

Many people also left injured after vehicle runs into night market, with police claiming initial indications point to a terror attack

At least nine people have been killed and many more were injured, according to German police, after a truck ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin.

The vehicle, a large black Scania articulated lorry, ran into the market outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church on Monday evening. Local reports cited police at the scene who said initial indications pointed to a terror attack.

Police said the lorry came from the direction of Budapester Strasse, over the pavement, coming to a halt by a Christmas tree in front of the Gedächtnis Kirche, or Memorial Church. Known locally as the jagged tooth, the church was bombed in the second world war, and left more or less in its ruined state as a memorial to the victims of the war. It’s one of the most popular tourist sites in Berlin, and very close to the Berlin Zoo.

Police have cleared the area and volunteers have set up an information point for relatives looking for news of missing loved ones. The Christmas market has been cleared and a police spokesman said there are concerns the crash may have also caused a gas leak.

A photograph posted by the Morgenpost newspaper showed damaged tables and stalls, while footage posted online by the same outlet showed a truck on the scene and police officers investigating. The Berliner Zeitung said police also believed there to be multiple injuries.

Both newspapers reported it was not immediately clear whether the incident was an accident or some kind of an attack on the market. Breitscheidplatz, where the market was set up, is one of Berlin’s busiest shopping areas.

One witness, Emma Rushton, said the lorry ploughed through the market, adding that people had been crushed.

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German police said one person was found dead in the lorry, having died of injuries sustained in the crash, while a suspect was arrested about 100 metres away from the scene in the Tiergarten.

(Mods, the article from the source is updated and slightly changed. Can I just replace this article here ?)

amw 19th-Dec-2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
As the resident Berliner, just calling in safe rn.
hobbits_friend 19th-Dec-2016 09:19 pm (UTC)
Good to hear! We don't know each other, but I thought of you when I heard about it.
ladycyndra 19th-Dec-2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
Glad you're okay!!!
4kennedy 19th-Dec-2016 10:45 pm (UTC)
Also a resident Berliner. Glad you're okay.
mhfromnh 19th-Dec-2016 11:00 pm (UTC)
good to hear my jelly donut.
sabrinita 19th-Dec-2016 11:20 pm (UTC)
Glad that you're safe <3
sabrinita 19th-Dec-2016 11:20 pm (UTC)
..wow, I get home from a funeral/wake to some INCREDIBLY tragic/disparaging news today. Between the more obvious (Trump officially getting elected by the electoral college) to what happened in Berlin to the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey..
yamamanama 20th-Dec-2016 12:11 am (UTC)
Maybe 2017 will compensate by killing Trump, Putin, and Assad in a plane crash.
mhfromnh 20th-Dec-2016 02:07 am (UTC)
and Pence. and Ryan.
yamamanama 20th-Dec-2016 02:35 am (UTC)
The entire cabinet for good measure. Along with Rouhani.
ladycyndra 20th-Dec-2016 06:49 am (UTC)
We need a designated survivor thing to happen!!
moonshaz 20th-Dec-2016 08:18 am (UTC)

Can we get the right "survivor" lined up in time for the State of the Union address? Obviously, none of his death eaterscabinet members are going to be suitable.

ladycyndra 20th-Dec-2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
I just need SOMETHING to happen. We all need something to happen.
shahar 20th-Dec-2016 12:12 pm (UTC)
If it did happen, Ben Carson would be in charge as the head of HUD. Be careful what you wish for.
ladycyndra 20th-Dec-2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
Point taken. *shudder*
eveofrevolution 20th-Dec-2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the late response, but yes, if you make a post that's breaking news, you can certainly update it with info as it's released, whether from the same source or another one. I'd recommend not deleting the original content though, to avoid the "can't you read??" comments to people who comment first when people come in here later and see different info. I'd put most current info at the top and the original stuff at the bottom as well, and clearly label them so people know what's happening. Thanks!
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