12 Dead In Suspected Terror Attack, But Culprit May Still Be On Loose
German citizens are on high alert a day after a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market left 12 dead and dozens more injured, 18 seriously so. The situation has only grown more frightening as police are admitting the possibility that the suspect they have in custody may not be the culprit. The incident took place at about 8pm Monday at a Christmas market near the famed Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church.
According to MSN reports:
News of the arrest of the 23-year-old Pakistani led politicians in Germany and beyond to demand a crackdown on immigration.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters: “There is much we still do not know with sufficient certainty but we must, as things stand now, assume it was a terrorist attack.”
She added: “I know it would be especially hard for us all to bear if it were confirmed that the person who committed this act was someone who sought protection and asylum.”
In a dramatic twist, police later said the suspect had denied the offense and might not be the right man.
“According to my information it’s uncertain whether he was really the driver,” Police President Klaus Kandt told a news conference.
This is so scary.
Berlin police tweeted that they were “particularly alert” because of the denial. “Please be alert,” they added.
Die Welt newspaper quoted an unnamed police chief as saying: “We have the wrong man. And therefore a new situation. The true perpetrator is still armed, at large and can cause fresh damage.”
The truck belonged to a Polish freight company and its rightful driver was found dead in the vehicle. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said a pistol believed to have been used to kill him had not yet been found.
German media said the arrested man had jumped out of the driver’s cab and run down the street towards the Tiergarten, a vast park in central Berlin. Several witnesses called police, including one who chased the suspect while on the phone, constantly updating officials on his whereabouts.
This is really bad. There is just a general stench around the world, suspicion of immigrants everywhere and nobody knows who to trust and what’s real and what’s not.
We pray they find the true culprit soon and that those who are injured fully recover.