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Truck Plows Into Berlin Christmas Market

By RT.com | Last updated: Dec 20, 2016 - 1:55:08 PM

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A truck ploughed into a Christmas market in western Berlin killing nine and injuring several people, according to police.

The incident Dec. 19 happened in one of Berlin’s largest Christmas markets, located in the western Charlottenburg district. It is also close to Berlin’s key shopping mile, Kurfuerstendamm, and a famous tourist site, Memorial Church.

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“We can confirm nine fatalities & many injured. A lot of our colleagues are at #Breitscheidplatz to investigate the background,” a message on the official police Twitter account said.

A police spokesperson told German media that they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

Two people were inside the lorry when it smashed into the Christmas market, a police spokesperson told Berlin Morgenpost.

One was captured on the spot, but later died, the official said. Another suspect was discovered nearby and taken to a police station.

Police also believe that the surviving suspect was the driver of the lorry.

“It looked like [it was done] on purpose,” a police officer who witnessed the incident told Berliner Zeitung.

According to a spokesperson from Berlin Fire Department, “around 50” were injured.

The cause of the incident is not yet clear.

Police evacuated the Christmas market and sealed it off. A nearby Underground station, Zoologischer Garten, was closed at both the entrance and exit.

Law enforcement has called on people in Berlin not to leave their homes and refrain from any speculation on the incident.

“Please help us. Stay at home & spread no rumors,” a message on a police Twitter account said.

A similar incident happened in neighboring France this summer. On July 14, a truck drove into crowds in the coastal city of Nice who had been celebrating national holiday Bastille Day, killing 86 people. Around 400 were injured in the attack, which French officials called a terrorist act. The driver of the lorry was later killed in a shootout with police. (RT.com)

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