A truck ran into a Christmas market Monday evening in Berlin during what police describe as a “severe incident.” Reports indicate that the truck was moving at about 40 MPH, and there are nine people dead, as well as at least 50 people injured. German police say initial indications from their investigation lead them to believe the crash was a deliberate attack. Similarly, one witness cited by CNN said, “It didn’t feel like it was an accident.” The driver of the truck is now in police custody after initially fleeing the scene, while a passenger in the cab died in the crash.
German newspapers Berliner Zeitung and Berliner Morgenpost reported that the truck ran into the market at Breitscheidplatz, which is near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Both newspapers reported that it wasn’t immediately clear whether the incident was an accident or some kind of terrorist attack. However, now local media, citing police at the scene, are saying that first indications point to an attack on the market.
The incident is similar to the attack in France in July when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove his truck into a crowd that had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people.
The owner of the truck is a Polish man named Ariel Zurawski. There were two men in the truck cab–one fled and another has been arrested. A third man, previously unknown to police, was found dead inside the cab. There’s a high probability that it’s Ariel’s dead cousin, who was driving the truck originally. Read this quote from the businessman, who claims that he last spoke to his cousin around noon, here:
“According to me, they did something to the driver, hijacked the truck and they did what they did. This wasn’t my driver. I vouch for him, he was my cousin.”
Berlin police have advised residents to “stay at home” and urged people not to spread rumors.
Is ISIS responsible for the truck crash at the Berlin Christmas Market?
German police say initial indications from their investigation lead them to believe that the crash was a deliberate attack. Of the two men in the truck’s cab, one has been arrested. Whether ISIS is directly responsible or not has yet to be confirmed. The owner of the truck is a Polish man named Ariel Zurawski. There were two men in the truck cab–one fled and another has been arrested. A third man, previously unknown to police, was found dead inside the cab.