At least 9 people were killed and more than 50 injured few houres ago in one of Berlin’s largest Christmas markets, located in the western Charlottenburg district.
Officials are investigating the crash as an act of terrorism, according to a German intelligence official familiar with the matter.
The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Force tweeted that ISIS was taking credit for the attack.
According to the police the truck (black Scania) drove 50-80 metres through the market area. The truck was going 40mph. It was in the middle of a square, there are main roads either side, [where it could have come from]. But it showed no sign of slowing down,” said Emma Rushton, a British tourist.
A Christmas tree was fallen by the truck.
Acccording to The Telegraph, the truck belongs to a Polish firm based in the northern town of Gryfino, just a stone’s throw from the German border. The company owner said the vehicle involved in the incident was new and only had about 30,000 kilometres on the clock.
German police said that the dead passenger in the truck’s passenger seat was Polish, the nationality of the suspected driver is still unclear.
A series of attacks by Islamists alarmed Germany earlier this year.
Law enforcement has called on people in Berlin not to leave their homes and refrain from any speculation the incident. “Please help us. Stay at home & spread no rumors,” a police said.