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9 killed, many injured after truck rams into market; suspect arrested

6 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Monday, December 19 2016 Dec 19, 2016 December 19, 2016 3:52 PM December 19, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press

BERLIN - German police say they've arrested a suspect believed to be the driver of a truck that rammed into a crowded Christmas market in the center of Berlin, killing at least nine and causing multiple injuries.

Police spokesman Winfried Wenzel told ZDF public television that the man was arrested near the scene.

Police said on Twitter that the truck rammed into the market outside the capital's popular Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Monday evening.

Bild newspaper posted a picture of a large Scania truck with its windshield smashed out on the sidewalk alongside the market.

Germany's justice minister says that federal prosecutors, who handle terrorism cases, are taking over the investigation.

Heiko Maas didn't give further details in a post on Twitter Monday night about the "shocking news" from the capital. He added: "we are mourning with the relatives" of the victims.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says that he's in constant touch with security authorities, but didn't give any indication in a statement whether they believe the incident was an attack.

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