Local outlets report the truck plowed through the crowded street market set up near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Authorities say the crash appeared to be intentional. The driver of the truck has been arrested. A similar incident in Nice, France, this summer left over 80 people dead after a truck drove into a Bastille Day celebration. That crash was later labeled a terrorist attack and attributed to ISIS. And German police recently apprehended a 12-year-old boy who attempted to detonate a nail bomb in another Christmas market. ISIS was also blamed for that attempted attack.
As German police indicated the incident is likely to be terror related, ISIS moved quickly to claim responsibility for the fatal attack. The vehicle mounted the pavement before speeding through a crowd of shoppers at 40 mph, tearing through stalls as it travelled the entire length of the market on Breitscheidplatz Square, outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in west Berlin. The driver of the truck was arrested nearby and is in police custody, while a passenger in the vehicle died at the scene. Germany's justice minister says that federal prosecutors, who handle terrorism cases, are now taking over the investigation. The truck was from Gdansk in Poland - some 80 miles from Berlin. The vehicle maneuvered from Budapester Strasse onto the area outside the Memorial Church before ploughing into the crowd. The Die Welt newspaper said that German intelligence had been warning city authorities for the past week of a possible attack on a Christmas market.
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