By Euro Weekly News Media • 20 December 2016 • 10:15
The crashed lorry.
Responsibility for the lorry attack on the Christmas market in Berlin which killed 12 and injured nearly 50, has been claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS).An asylum seeker who was originally thought to be the prime suspect has been released by German police.The driver of the lorry steered at crowds, including children, along an 80 metre stretch of pavement until finally crashing into a Christmas tree and attempting to flee the scene.A Polish national, presumed to be the original driver, was found dead inside the lorry with gunshot wounds.IS said it carried out the attack “in response to calls to target nationals of the coalition countries”.The UK Security Council has condemned the “barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack”.The nature of the incident, using a lorry, is identical to that in the French city of Nice in July when 89 people were killed. IS claimed responsibility for the France attack.
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