ISIS Claims Responsibility, Suspect Still At Large

ISIS Claims Responsibility, Suspect Still At Large

ISIS Claims Responsibility, Suspect Still At Large

German investigators have been treating the attack as an act of terrorism. She also said it would be "repugnant" if it were true that the attack was carried out by a refugee.

'We may still have a unsafe criminal out there, ' Berlin police chief Klaus Kandt said even before they released the initial suspect. Last week, Berlin police reported that a 12-year-old German-Iraqi boy had twice failed to detonate a homemade bomb at a market in the city of Ludwigshafen. He was staying at a refugee hostel.

After the Scania truck plowed into the Christmas market at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in central Berlin, the driver fled the scene.

The truck careered into the market at what would have been one of its most crowded times, with adults and children gathering in the traditional cluster of wooden stalls selling food and Christmas goods.

Witness Jan Hollitzer told Al Jazeera the truck drove about 50 metres through the market.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he is horrified by the loss of life in Berlin.

Asked how many were injured, she said that as she walked back to her hotel, she saw at at least 10.

"I could hear screaming and then we all froze".

A suspect believed to be the driver was arrested nearby the scene. A passenger in the truck, identified as a Polish man, was found dead in the cab of the vehicle. The attacker hijacked the truck, which belonged to a Polish company and was fitted with Polish license plates, that was on its way to Berlin.

An Israeli national is among those wounded in the truck crash at a Berlin Christmas market, the Foreign Ministry said.

German officials said the investigation is ongoing and have warned the public that the suspect has not been caught. In July authorities failed to stop two men, in contact with Islamic State militant group (ISIS) operatives, carrying out attacks in the southern state of Bavaria.

The Islamic State terrorist group, also called ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attack that also left 48 people injured.

Her political opponents, including the far-right Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD), have criticised her over the attack, saying she has compromised Germany's security by letting migrants in without sufficient checks.

Horst Seehofer, leader of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) - the sister party to Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) - called for a review of Germany's security policies.

"You usually feel quite safe in Europe, but I think that's changed over the past year for sure".

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