Nine die in truck 'attack' on Berlin Christmas market

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Watu 9 wamekufa na zaidi ya watu 50 wamejeruhiwa baada ya Lori kuwagonga wananchi waliokuwa kwenye soko la Christmas mjini Berlin Germany.

Polisi wanasema kuwa dalili za mwanzo zinaonyesha kuwa hilo tukio lilikuwa ni shambulio lililopangwa.

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Nine people have been killed and around 50 others are thought to have been injured after the vehicle crashed into a crowd.

At least nine people have been killed after a truck crashed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin.

Around 50 others are thought to have been injured and police say early indications point to it being an attack.


Image Caption: One of the injured is treated by paramedics
Images from the scene showed the dark-coloured truck with its windscreen smashed after being cordoned off by officers.

The vehicle ran into the market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Emma Rushton, who was at the market at the time told Sky News: "It wasn't an accident. It was going at 40mph through the middle of the market.

"There was no way it could have come off the road and it showed no signs of slowing down."


Image Caption: Twitter pic: @ERushton
A photo posted by the Berliner Morgenpost showed damaged tables and stalls.

Footage on social media appeared to show a number of ambulances at the scene.

In July this year, a lorry ploughed into a crowd in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people.

Chanzo: Sky News
 

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A truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others, in what Germany's interior minister said looked like an attack.

Police said on Twitter that they had taken one suspect into custody and that another passenger from the truck had died as it crashed into people gathered around the wooden huts serving mulled wine and sausages at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church in the heart of former West Berlin.

The nationality of the suspected driver, who fled the crash scene and was later arrested, was unclear, police said.
"We heard a loud bang," Emma Rushton, a tourist, told CNN. "We started to see the top of an articulated truck, a lorry ... just crashing through the stalls, through people."

Pictures from the scene showed Christmas decorations protruding from the smashed windscreen of the black truck. Berlin police said on Twitter they were investigating leads that the truck had been stolen from a construction site in Poland.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the circumstances of the crash were still unclear, adding: "I don't want to use the word 'attack' yet although a lot points to that."

The incident evoked memories of an attack in Nice, France in July when a Tunisian-born mandrove a 19-tonne truck along the beach front, mowing down people who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people. That attack was claimed by Islamic State.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump condemned what he called an attack, linking it to "Islamist terrorists" before German police officials had said who was responsible.

Germany has not in recent years suffered a large-scale attack from Islamist militants like those seen in neighboring Belgium and France.

But it was shaken by two smaller attacks in Bavaria over the summer, one on a train near Wuerzburg and another at a music festival in Ansbach that wounded 20 people. Both were claimed by Islamic State.

And government officials have said the country, which welcomed nearly 900,000 migrants last year, many from the war-torn Middle East, lies in the "crosshairs of terrorism".

In mid-October, police arrested a Syrian refugee suspected of planning a bomb attack on an airport in Berlin. The 22-year-old man committed suicide in prison shortly after his arrest.
People urged to stay away.

A government spokesman said Chancellor Angela Merkel was briefed on the situation by de Maiziere and the Berlin mayor. Police said there were no indications of further dangerous situations in the area and urged people to stay away from the scene.

"I'm deeply shaken about the horrible news of what occurred at the memorial church in Berlin," Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

The truck veered into the market at what would have been one of the most crowded times, when adults and children would be gathering in the traditional cluster of wooden huts that sell food and Christmas goods in an annual celebration replicated across Germany and much of Central Europe.
Ariel Zurawski, whose Polish freight company owns the truck, said the driver of the truck did not work for him.
"It wasn't my driver," Zurawski told Polish private broadcaster TVN 24. "I vouch for him, he's my cousin."

The incident took place near a famous Berlin landmark - the Gedaechtniskirche or memorial church built in 1891-95, which was left a ruin with a jagged tower after it was damaged in World War Two bombing raids as a monument to peace and reconciliation.

Police cars and ambulances converged quickly on the scene.

Rushton told CNN the truck seemed to be traveling at about 40 mph (65 Kmh). Asked how many were injured, she said that as she walked back to her hotel, she saw at at least 10.

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Police have said an incident at a Berlin Christmas market that has left at least nine dead and more than 50 injured, was probably a deliberate attack. Video of the aftermath showed people helping the injured on the ground.

According to German newspaper Bild, the lorry drove through the Christmas market at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and came to a halt at the Christmas tree several metres on.

Witnesses reported that the lorry entered the market "at some speed - perhaps as high as 40mph" and knocked down stalls before eventually coming to a standstill.
 

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Raia wa Afghanistan awauwa watu 12 na kujeruhi 48 kwa kuwagonga na lori la uzito wa tani 25 katika soko la bidhaa za Krismasi Mjini Berlin.
 

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Hii itampelekea Merkel wakati mgumu kwenye uchaguzi, na support yake kuhusu wahamiaji. Kama far right hawajaanza kumpigia kelele tayari.
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Mimi naona acha waendelee kuwasulubu tu hadi, nchi kama Tanzania zimemudu kuchukua tahadhari zote dhidi ya wakimbizi lakini mizungu inaunua vichwa na na macho juu kama magong'ore.
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