A candle is burning on a German national flag near the site where a truck ploughed through a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz square near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue in the west of Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016 REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Truck rams into Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12

A truck rammed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring 48 people as it smashed through tables and wooden stands. Police said a suspect believed to be the driver was arrested nearby and a passenger died.
The Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was filled with tourists and locals when the Scania truck hurtled into it. Germany’s top security official said initial evidence pointed to an intentional act, and the White House condemned “what appears to have been a terrorist attack.”
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.”
A local German woman, who had made a habit of stopping by the Christmas market on the way home from work, said she was lucky to arrive after the carnage: “I am here almost every night. Only today I was on late shift.” Agencies