Twelve people have been killed and fifty have been injured, many seriously, after a truck ploughed into one of Berlin’s most popular Christmas markets at 8 pm last night.
The driver veered from a busy road and steered the vehicle straight into the crowd at the Breitschadtplatz market in what police are calling a terrorist attack.
He has been identified as a 23 year old Pakastani, who arrived in Germany last year as an asylum seeker. Police have conducted a search of the migrant home in Tempelhof airport where he lived.
A Polish driver was found dying from a gun shot wound inside the truck cabin.
The migrant hijacked the lorry belonging to a Polish company and carrying Polish number plates at about 4 pm. Police believe the driver was shot in Potsdam about 15 km away. The articulated lorry was being used to transport steel.
After careering through stalls and stands until the truck came to a stand, the driver fled, heading on foot for the Tiergarten, a very large park in the centre of Berlin.
A brave witness followed him through the dark park, staying in contact by phone with the police emergency room. Police finally caught the migrant at the Sieggessaule, not far from the Chancellory.