A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin Monday night, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens of others in what witnesses described as a deliberate attack.
The large Scania truck with a Poland license plate crashed into the market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Television footage showed the truck with its windshield smashed out on the sidewalk alongside the market, with a swarm of ambulances nearby. A large Christmas tree with a gold star on top was toppled over nearby in the street, and tree branches were crushed under the truck's tires.
Police said a suspect believed to be the driver was arrested nearby and a passenger was dead. Authorities estimated that 50 people were injured, but an exact number was not immediately available.
Liberal conclusion: We need truck control.
Last month, a Christmas market in the town of Ludwigshafen was the target of a bombing attempt.
Prosecutors said a 12-year-old Iraqi boy attempted to blow up a device at the local Christmas market on Nov. 26. The device failed to detonate, so the boy tried again on Dec. 5. The device was hidden in a rucksack filed with nails and placed in a bush near the town hall.
The suspect is a Pakistani refugee who arrived in Germany earlier this year.