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شرطة برلين في حالة حرب وغير واثقة بأن المعتقل هو سائق الشاحنة التي قتلت 12 شخصا

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2018.08.16 22:40

 

مقتل 12 في اقتحام شاحنة لسوق ليلي مزدحم في العاصمة الألمانية والشرطة تصف الحادث بالمتعمد.

تقول الشرطة الالمانية إنها غير واثقة بأن الشخص الذي اعتقلته هو المسؤول عن الهجوم الذي شهدته العاصمة برلين ليلة الاثنين والذي استخدمت فيه شاحنة لدهس 12 شخصا حتى الموت واصابة 48 آخرين بجروح.

وقال مدير شرطة العاصمة الالمانية كلاوس كانت "ليس من المؤكد ان يكون هذا الشخص هو السائق حقيقة."

وكان الرجل المذكور، الذي ينفي ضلوعه في الهجوم، وصل الى المانيا قادما من باكستان اواخر العام الماضي.

والقي القبض عليه في متنزه مجاور، وقيل إنه هرب من السوق الليلي في برلين الغربية

من جانبها، تعهدت المستشارة الالمانية انغيلا ميركل بالاقتصاص من المسؤولين عن هجوم برلين "بكل القسوة التي يتطلبها القانون."

يذكر ان سياسة الباب المفتوح التي انتهجتها ميركل ازاء المهاجرين وطالبي اللجوء، والتي افضت الى دخول 890 الفا من هؤلاء البلاد في العام الماضي، قد سببت انقساما حادا في المانيا بينما وصفها منتقدو ميركل بأنها تشكل تهديدا امنيا.

وانتقد ماركوس بريتزل، عضو بارز في حزب البديل من أجل ألمانيا المناهض للهجرة، ميركل وحملها مسؤولية الهجوم بسبب سياساتها المتحررة بشأن الهجرة.

من جانبه حث هورست سيهوفر، زعيم الحزب البافاري الحليف لميركل، المستشارة الألمانية على "إعادة النظر في سياسة الهجرة والأمن وتغييرها" في أعقاب الهجوم.

ماذا قال شهود العيان؟

قال شاهد عيان بريطاني يدعى مايك فوكس لوكالة "أسوشيتد برس" للأنباء إن شاحنة تزن 25 طنا تخطته بمسافة تصل إلى نحو ثلاثة أمتار فقط واقتحمت السوق.

وأضاف : "كان (الهجوم) متعمدا للغاية".

وقال إنه ساعد مصابين وعددا من الأشخاص كانوا محاصرين داخل الأكشاك في السوق.

وكان رجل يقود شاحنة قد اقتحم سوقا ليليا يقام بمناسبة أعياد الميلاد في قلب برلين.

وقال المتحدث باسم شرطة برلين إن الأمن ألقى القبض على المشتبه به، الذي يعتقد أنه كان يقود الشاحنة وقت الهجوم، على بعد 2 كيلومتر من موقع الحادث وإنه يستجوب. وتفيد مصادر أمنية بأنه أفغاني أو باكستاني من طالبي اللجوء. وإنه دخل ألمانيا في فبراير/شباط الماضي طالبا للجوء.

ونقلت وكالة الأنباء الألمانية (د.ب.أ) عن مصدر أمني قوله إن المشتبه به استخدم أسماء مختلفة مما يجعل تحديد هويته أمرا أكثر صعوبة.

وقال وينفريد فينتسل، المتحدث باسم شرطة برلين إن السائق فر هاربا يجري في الشارع باتجاه حديقة الحيوانات.

وأضاف أن شاهد عيان تبعه عن بعد لأكثر من كيلومترين، وأبلغ الشرطة، التي سارعت إلى القبض عليه واحتجازه قرب نصب عمود النصر.

ويقول المتحدث إن السائق ربما كان يريد العثور على "ملجأ في ثنايا الظلمة في الحديقة".

وأكدت الشرطة عثورها على أحد الركاب ميتا في الشاحنة، وإنه بولندي الجنسية. وهناك مخاوف من أن يكون هو السائق الأصلي للشاحنة، وأنه تعرض للخطف.

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Image caption وقع الحادث في قلب برلين الغربية

من أين جاءت الشاحنة؟

قالت الشرطة إنها عثرت على أحد الركاب ميتا في الشاحنة، وإنه بولندي الجنسية، وثمة مخاوف من أن يكون هو السائق الأصلي للشاحنة، وأنه تعرض للخطف.

وأكد مالك الشاحنة البولندي، أريل تسورافيسكي، أن سائق شاحنته مفقود ولم يتمكن من التواصل معه منذ الساعة الرابعة مساء الأثنين. وأضاف "لا نعرف ما حدث. هو ابن عمي وأعرفه منذ الطفولة ولا يمكن أن يتعمد فعل ذلك".

والشاحنة مسجلة في بولندا، وليس من المعلوم حتى الآن إن كانت سافرت من بولندا أم عادت من إيطاليا، حسبما أفادت بعض التقارير.

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Image caption شجرة عيد ميلاد ملقاة إلى جانب الشاحنة المحطمة

ونقلت إذاعة RBB المحلية عن مصادر أمنية قولها إن المعتقل دخل الأراضي الألمانية عن طريق مدينة باساو الواقعة على الحدود مع النمسا في 31 من ديسمبر/كانون الأول الماضي، وإنه ولد في باكستان في الأول من يناير/كانون الثاني 1993 وكان معروفا للشرطة لاقترافه سلسلة من الجنح.

وتظهر مشاهد من مقطع مصور للحادث أن الشاحنة تحمل لوحات بولندية ويعتقد أنها سرقت في وقت سابق من موقع بناء.

وقالت استرالية تدعى تريشا أونيل لهيئة الإذاعة الاسترالية إنها شاهدت "الدماء والجثث في كل مكان".

وأضافت : "شاهدت شاحنة سوداء عملاقة تسرع باتجاه الأسواق وتقتحمها أثناء وجود الكثير من الأشخاص، وانطفأت الأنوار ودُمر كل شئ".

هل هذا الهجوم الأول في ألمانيا؟

حدثت سلسلة هجمات صغيرة نفذها متشددون إسلاميون في ألمانيا هذا العام، أسفرت عن مقتل عشرة أشخاص وإصابة العشرات في هجمات منفصلة تنوعت من إطلاق نار وهجوم باستخدام فأس وهجوم بسكين في بافاريا و بادن-فورتمبيرغ في يوليو/تموز.

ويعيد الحادث الذي وقع يوم الأثنين تذكيرا بحادث الهجوم بشاحنة في مدينة نيس الفرنسية في يوم الاحتفال بالعيد الوطني الفرنسي في 14 من يوليو/تموز، وأودى بحياة 86 شخصا. وأعلن تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية المسؤولية عنه.

وقال عمدة نيس، فيليب برادال، إن حادث برلين يحمل نفس "العنف الأعمى" الذي ضرب مدينته.

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Image caption تشتبه الشرطة في أن الحادث متعمد.

ويقع السوق الذي حدث فيه الهجوم في منطقة برايتشايتبلاز قريبا من كورفورستندام، شارع التسوق الرئيسي في غربي مدينة برلين، على مسافة قريبة من كنيسة القيصر فيلهلم التاريخية، التي تعرضت لدمار كبير في الحرب العالمية الثانية وتركت كما هي كذكرى لتلك الحرب.

ونقل نحو 50 شخصا إلى المستشفى للعلاج بينهم أربعة في حالة حرجة.

هل الهجوم إرهابي؟

ويبدي الساسة الألمان كثيرا من التردد قبل وصف الهجوم بأنه إرهابي، خاصة مع إحاطة الغموض بكثير من تفاصيل الحادث في هذه المرحلة.

وقال وزير الخارجية في مقابلة تليفزيونية "من المبكر في هذه اللحظة اطلاق اسم "هجوم" على الحادث، رغم وجود عدة شواهد على ذلك".

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Image caption أصيب العشرات جراء الهجوم

وأضاف "هناك كثير من العوامل النفسية التي تؤثر في اختيار الكلمات في بلادنا. ونحن نريد أن نتوخى كامل الحذر قبل القفز إلى الاستنتاجات وسننتظر حتى ظهور نتائج التحقيقات ولن نعتمد على التكهنات".

وتظهر مشاهد من مقطع فيديو التقط بمكان الحادث أكشاك بيع الهدايا وقد انهارت، وعددا من الأشخاص المصابين على الأرض.

وقال المتحدث باسم المستشارة الألمانية أنغيلا ميركل على حسابه على موقع تويتر "نحن في حالة حداد على القتلى ونتمنى للمصابين الشفاء العاجل".

ووصف مراسل صحيفة برلينر مورغينبوست المشهد بعد الحادث بأنه "مشهد مروع".

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Image caption الشاحنة التي استخدمت في تنفيذ الحادث كانت تحمل أرقاما بولندية

وطالبت السلطات الألمانية المواطنين بالبقاء في المنازل وتجنب المناطق المزدحمة.

وقال يان هوليتزر نائب رئيس تحرير صحيفة برلينر مورغينبوست "سمعت ضجة كبيرة فتحركت باتجاه سوق أعياد الميلاد لأرى فوضى هائلة والعديد من الجرحى، إنه أمر صادم حقا".

وأفادت صحيفة برلينر تسيتونغ بأن الشرطة قد حددت نقطة لتجمع أقارب الضحايا في الحادث.

وقال مصور من وكالة دي بي أيه للأنباء إن قوة مسلحة من الشرطة تمركزت في مدخل السوق قرب حديقة الحيوان.

ويعيد الحادث تذكيرا بحادث الهجوم بشاحنة في مدينة نيس الفرنسية في يوم الاحتفال بالعيد الوطني الفرنسي في 14 من يوليو/تموز، وأودى بحياة 86 شخصا. وأعلن تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية المسؤولية عنه.

وكان تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية وتنظيم القاعدة قد حثا أنصارهما على استخدام الشاحنات كوسائل لتنفيذ هجمات تستهدف جموعا من المواطنين.

وأنحى الرئيس الأمريكي المنتخب دونالد ترامب باللائمة على "الإرهابيين الإسلاميين" في "مذبحة" أعياد الميلاد في العاصمة الألمانية.

وقال في تغريدة على حسابه الشخصي : "اليوم حدثت هجمات إرهابية في تركيا وسويسرا وألمانيا، الأمر يزداد سوءا. لابد أن يغير العالم المتحضر فكره".

وقال الرئيس الفرنسي فرانسوا هولاند إن بلاده "رفعت حالة التأهب" تحسبا لهجوم إرهابي في أعقاب هجمات برلين.

Germany is at war: Berlin on alert for new terror attack as police hunt armed ISIS gunman who killed 12 people in lorry massacre - after security services admit they got the WRONG man 

  • Security sources have told one German newspaper the real killer could still be on loose with a gun 
  • Senior police chief said: We have wrong man. Perpetrator is armed, at large and can cause further damage
  • Arrested Pakistani asylum seeker Naved B, 23, entered country under false name and has criminal record  
  • Asylum seeker was living inside hangar for immigrants at a Berlin airport since raided by commandos at 4am  
  • At least 48 injured and 12 dead after truck mowed down shoppers at 40mph in a busy Christmas market 
  • Three of the dead have not yet been identified but six victims have been confirmed as German citizens 
  • Driver steered at crowds - including children - along 80 metre stretch of pavement packed with stalls  
  • Masked killer fled scene but was pursued by hero witness who chased him on foot and led police to him 
  • Polish-registered lorry understood stolen by hijacker, who may have murdered driver Lukasz Urban
  • Angela Merkel says Germany is in mourning - but terror attack could be hammer blow to 2017 election hopes

A second terror attack in Berlin could be imminent after police admitted the killer lorry driver who mowed down 12 people at a packed Christmas market is on the loose and armed with a gun. 

Prosecutor Holger Münch has warned of a serious threat of another significant terror attack as it emerged an asylum seeker from Pakistan arrested last night was the wrong man.

Berlins police chief Klaus Kandt said the dangerous criminal behind a deadly truck rampage at a Christmas market may still be on the run, urging heightened vigilance. Interior minister Klaus Bouillon said that Germany is in a state of war after the massacre on Breitscheidplatz Square last night.  

Detectives interrogating chief suspect Naved B, 23, have said he has no blood on his clothes, no injuries and denies hijacking a 25-tonne lorry and using it to murder 12 people and injured 48 more last night.

A security services source, a senior police officer, told die Welt newspaper: We have the wrong man. So we have a new situation. The true perpetrator is still armed, at large and can cause further damage.

Germanys top prosecutor Peter Frank also said that they cannot rule out that more than one person may be on the run, adding Naved B may not have been the perpetrator or belong to the group of perpetrators. 

At 7pm last night a juggernaut laden with steel cargo turned off its lights and ripped through stalls and shoppers at 40mph on Breitscheidplatz Square, outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the German capitals main shopping area. 

Witnesses said victims including children were sent flying like bowling pins and sucked under the wheels leaving rivers of blood as the killer driver steered at them before jumping out of the cab and racing from the scene.  

Only six of the nine dead have been identified but Italian Fabrizia Lorenzo, 31, transport specialist worker is missing and her mobile phone and travel pass were found in the crash zone. 

 
 
 
First picture: The masked 23-year-old named as Naved B, who entered the country under a false name on New Years Eve 2015, is shown here being bundled into a police van after his arrest
First picture: The masked 23-year-old named as Naved B, who entered the country under a false name on New Years Eve 2015, is shown here being bundled into a police van after his arrest

First picture: The masked 23-year-old named as Naved B, who entered the country under a false name on New Years Eve 2015, is shown here being bundled into a police van after his arrest with his head covered. But police now fear they have the wrong man

Carnage: The lorry used to kill a dozen people in Berlin last night was towed away from the scene as a 23-year-old asylum seeker was being interrogated

Carnage: The lorry used to kill a dozen people in Berlin last night was towed away from the scene as a 23-year-old asylum seeker was being interrogated

Trail of destruction: This is the path taken by the killer truck driver - and shows how it mounted a narrow strip of pavement around 80metres in length with the aim of killing as many people as possible. The white powder is believed to show where the bodies fell

Trail of destruction: This is the path taken by the killer truck driver - and shows how it mounted a narrow strip of pavement around 80metres in length with the aim of killing as many people as possible. The white powder is believed to show where the bodies fell

Horrific: The smashed front of the lorry used to kill people enjoying the run-up to Christmas. A wreath from one of the stalls was longed in its destroyed windscreen

Horrific: The smashed front of the lorry used to kill people enjoying the run-up to Christmas. A wreath from one of the stalls was longed in its destroyed windscreen

Close up: The shattered glass on the windshield of a truck the morning after it ploughed through the Christmas market

Close up: The shattered glass on the windshield of a truck the morning after it ploughed through the Christmas market

Tragedy: Inside the cab was the Polish driver who the lorry was hijacked from - he may have been murdered before the crash

Tragedy: Inside the cab was the Polish driver who the lorry was hijacked from - he may have been murdered before the crash

Brutal: White powder used to soak up blood left  by the dead - one witness described a rivers of blood running through the market 

Brutal: White powder used to soak up blood left  by the dead - one witness described a rivers of blood running through the market 

Aftermath: New photographs have emerged from the scene showing how the road around the lorry was strewn with bodies, including a body by the cab

Aftermath: New photographs have emerged from the scene showing how the road around the lorry was strewn with bodies, including a body by the cab

Victim: A body dragged under the lorrys wheels lies covered with a gold blanket this morning at the rear of the stolen lorry

Victim: A body dragged under the lorrys wheels lies covered with a gold blanket this morning at the rear of the stolen lorry

Overhead: This is a clear view of the path the lorry took through the now-destroyed Christmas market in central Berlin

Overhead: This is a clear view of the path the lorry took through the now-destroyed Christmas market in central Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel lays white roses at the scene in Berlin amid fears a gunman may still be on the loose

German Chancellor Angela Merkel lays white roses at the scene in Berlin amid fears a gunman may still be on the loose

Grief: Hundreds of Berliners have visited the scene of the horror crash to leave tributes to those who lost their lives

Grief: Hundreds of Berliners have visited the scene of the horror crash to leave tributes to those who lost their lives

Tributes: Flowers, candles and messages are being left at the scene of the atrocity today as German comes to terms with the terror attack
Tributes: Flowers, candles and messages are being left at the scene of the atrocity today as German comes to terms with the terror attack

Tributes: Flowers, candles and messages are being left at the scene of the atrocity today as German comes to terms with the terror attack

A suspect stares out as he is taken into custody by police close to the scene of the terror attack last night. It is not clear what he was arrested for

A suspect stares out as he is taken into custody by police close to the scene of the terror attack last night. It is not clear what he was arrested for

After another terror attack on German soil this year it was revealed:

  • 12 people are dead and 58 are injured - 16 seriously - after a lorry is driven at 40mph through crowds at the famous Breitscheidplatz Square Christmas market at 7pm last night.
  • Hours earlier the lorry was hijacked from a Polish driver taking steel to Berlin from Italy. Lukasz Urban, a father of one, was found shot dead in its cab. It is not yet clear when he died.
  • Witnesses to the massacre saw a masked man flee the lorry. A member of the public chased the Pakistani suspect Naved B, who was arrested in the Tiergarten park. Police have since admitted he may not be the right man.
  • Police commando squad raid a hangar at Berlins Tempelhof airport, which was closed and used as a camp for refugees including Naved B, who is believed to have entered Germany a year ago under a false name. Four men are questioned and a laptop and mobile phone seized
  • Angela Merkel lays white roses at the scene of the massacre and says we have to assume we are dealing with a terrorist attack. Amid fears an asylum seeker is the perpertrator she says: It would be particularly hard to bear for all of us if it was confirmed that a person committed this crime who asked for protection and asylum in Germany
The Pakistani asylum seeker arrested after the Berlin Christmas market massacre was allegedly held for a sex attack in July and was already on the Interpol crime database, it was revealed today. 

ANGELA MERKEL SHOCKED, SHAKEN AND SADDENED

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she was shocked and very saddened by the Berlin Christmas market attack which left 12 dead and almost 50 injured, describing it as a terrible deed.

Speaking at a press conference Mrs Merkel said the government assumed it had been a terror attack, adding that: We will find the strength to continue living life as we want to live it in Germany - in freedom, openness and together.

She said: It is a terrible deed which one cannot understand. It took their lives; many people are injured, are fighting for their lives and fighting for their health, and in these hours I first and foremost think of these people - the dead, the injured, their families, their friends, their relatives.

I would like you to know that we - all of us, the whole of the country - are with you in deep sadness.

A man thought to be the driver of the lorry that smashed through the Christmas market has been arrested and security sources believe he is a 23-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker who arrived in Germany in February, German media reported.

He is believed to have lived at a refugee accommodation centre in a hangar at Berlins old Tempelhof airport, which special forces police stormed overnight.

Mrs Merkel said: We dont have anything for certain, but we must assume it was a terrorist attack.

It would be very difficult for us to learn that a human being committed this deed who came to Germany to ask for refuge and asylum.

It would be terrible for all of the Germans who are very active day by day in helping asylum seekers and refugees. It would be repugnant for those that are helping people that have come to this country and are asking for our help.

She added: Millions of people, including myself, are asking ourselves, how can you live with the fact that, while celebrating the festive season where we want to celebrate life, somebody has come along and taken so many lives. I only know that we do not want to, and we cannot live with it.

We do not want to allow ourselves to be paralysed by terror. It might be difficult in these hours, but we will find a strength to continue living life as we want to live it in Germany, in freedom and openness and togethe

arrested suspect Naved B, is believed to have entered the country under a false name on New Years Eve 2015, and some German newspapers said he may have been radicalised by an ISIS handler after arriving in Germany. 

Germanys Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière today confirmed that the suspect was not on Germanys terror list but was on the Interpol list of criminals. He was also allegedly arrested in Berlin for a sex attack in July and other petty crimes.

The minister also revealed that the suspect had failed to attend his first asylum hearing and then appeared at a second but claimed he spoke no German and required an interpreter so it was adjourned.

16 of the most wounded victims are in intensive care at Berlins Charite University Clinic - eight are in a critical condition. 

Naved B has been taken to a Berlin police station for interrogation. The suspect is denying involvement in the crime.

German officials have said that the suspect is a Pakistani national who entered Germany via the Balkans on December 31 and February he went to the authorities in Berlin to claim asylum. 

He was believed to be living in a refugee camp at Berlins Tempelhof airport, which was raided by an elite group of armed anti-terror police at 4am this morning. Four men were questioned but there were no arrests.

In a further hammer blow, security sources have suggested that police in Berlin were warned that an attack on a Christmas market could be imminent. ISIS has praised the Berlin attack and urged jihadis to carry out more in Europe.

Police sources said they believed that Naved B was only recently radicalised in Germany and may have been ordered by an Isis handler in the middle east to carry out the attack.

Returning Jihadist fighters to Germany have told intelligence operatives that Isis regards the country as a prime target for terror and has been striving all this year for a spectacular outrage to match those carried out in France.

Officials currently classify around 500 Islamists in Germany as high risk and 250 of them are monitored around the clock. But lone wolves like Naved B are hard to spot and, when not part of an organised network leaving electronic footprints, almost impossible to apprehend before the event.

At 11am Chancellor Merkel spoke about the carnage, saying: An entire country is united with the victims and their survivors in deep mourning. We all hope and many of us pray for them. That they can find comfort and support. That they can survive after this terrible attack.

I know that it ís particularly hard to bear for all of us, that a person has committed this act who0 has asked for protection and asylum in Germany.

Millions of people have been asking: How can we live with it that at a Christmas market - a place of joy – a killer brings death to so many people? I have no simple answer to this question.

This Act will be punished as severely as our laws allow. We have to assume, according to the latest news, that this was a terrorist attack.

Armed police in Britain have been patrolling markets in major cities and surrounding them with a ring of steel crash barriers to prevent a vehicle being used as a weapon. Scotland Yard has said it is reviewing security at public events after the attacks in Berlin and Ankara last night. 

Police were able to capture Naved B, 23, thanks to an eagle-eyed witnesses who followed him.

Perhaps he wanted to seek shelter in the dark, said police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel, adding that the police were kept informed of his movements by the man tailing him from a safe distance.

During the pursuit he stayed on the line permanently to emergency services, updating them every few seconds where the killer was heading. He was captured near the Victory Column - close to the citys zoo - by officers in a passing patrol car.

Police spokesman Wenzel added: With the help of this witness it was possible to capture the suspect. This kind of civic courage gives us courage too . 

Lukasz Urban (pictured), a 37-year-old father-of-one, was killed in the carnage that saw a 25-tonne truck career through Berlins Breitscheidplatz Square, which killed 12 and injured dozens more

Lukasz Urban (pictured), a 37-year-old father-of-one, was killed in the carnage that saw a 25-tonne truck career through Berlins Breitscheidplatz Square, which killed 12 and injured dozens more

Owner of Polish haulage firm, Ariel Zielinski (left), insisted the driver Lukasz Urban  (right) - also his cousin - was hijacked
Owner of Polish haulage firm, Ariel Zielinski (left), insisted the driver Lukasz Urban  (right) - also his cousin - was hijacked

Owner of Polish haulage firm, Ariel Zielinski (left), insisted the driver Lukasz Urban  (right) - also his cousin - was hijacked

The boss, Ariel Zielinski, who is also the drivers cousin, said they last spoke at midday but the mans wife had been unable to reach him at 4pm - hours before the incident. Mr Zielinski is pictured above with wife Judyta Zurawska 

The boss, Ariel Zielinski, who is also the drivers cousin, said they last spoke at midday but the mans wife had been unable to reach him at 4pm - hours before the incident. Mr Zielinski is pictured above with wife Judyta Zurawska 

The Polish lorry driver whose truck was used in the Christmas market massacre was shot with a small-calibre pistol, according to the interior minister of the state of Brandenburg Karl-Heinz Schröter.

Heavily blood stained clothes found in the truck and the arrested suspect was in clean clothes, suggesting her may have got changed inside the lorry.

Naved B is believed to have entered the country on New Years Eve last year with 15 others. He then applied for asylum in February but failed to show up for various asylum hearings claiming he didnt speak any German. 

He is understood to have been arrested several times since then for petty crime.

Security sources say he came from Pakistan and crossed over into the German southern border town of Passau from Austria, having travelled through the Balkans with thousands of other refugees.

He then made his way to the German capital and stayed in emergency accommodation in at the former Tempelhof Airport before ploughing the juggernaut into the crowded market killing 12 and 48 injured.

Formal identification of the suspect remains difficult as he used several different IDs.  

As German police, the White House and Germanys top security official indicated the incident was likely terror related, there was a chilling echo of the deadly terror attack in the French city of Nice in July. It also came just one hour after the Russian ambassador was shot dead in Ankara.

The harrowing incident also comes amid repeated warnings from various security agencies that ISIS planned to wreak havoc on European countries during the festive season, specifically threatening Christmas markets.

 The usually merry streets became scenes of chaos, with people being pulled from under the flattened wooden stalls and others ferried off in ambulances, some tragically under white sheets. 

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. 

Germanys justice minister says federal prosecutors, who handle terrorism cases, had taken over the investigation.

Police used Twitter to urge locals to stay in their homes, to check suspicious objects and encouraged people to use a Facebook safety check loved ones were safe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is mourning the dead, while The White House said: The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and wounded dozens.

 
 

Teams were working on the lorry all morning before it was taken away to a secure unit to be combed over for clues 

Murderous: The terror suspect is believed to have shot dead the Polish driver of the truck before using it as a weapon hours later

Murderous: The terror suspect is believed to have shot dead the Polish driver of the truck before using it as a weapon hours later

Distressing: The area around the lorry was strewn with wreaths, garlands and even baubles torn from market stalls

Distressing: The area around the lorry was strewn with wreaths, garlands and even baubles torn from market stalls

Investigation: The lorry was given a police escort today as it was taken away for forensic examination

Investigation: The lorry was given a police escort today as it was taken away for forensic examination

Damage: The truck was followed by its container, which housed steel being taken into Germany by a Polish driver

Damage: The truck was followed by its container, which housed steel being taken into Germany by a Polish driver

Cold-blooded: The terror attack has shocked the world - and these photos show how the emergency services fought to save the injured 

Cold-blooded: The terror attack has shocked the world - and these photos show how the emergency services fought to save the injured 

Horror: MailOnline has muzzed the body of one victim - the man was left lying under one of the wheels in the terror attack

Horror: MailOnline has muzzed the body of one victim - the man was left lying under one of the wheels in the terror attack

Death toll: The 80metre stretch of Berlin pavement was stained with blood left when the lorry driver steered into the crowds 

Death toll: The 80metre stretch of Berlin pavement was stained with blood left when the lorry driver steered into the crowds 

Evidence: The lorries tracker system says that it was started and stopped repeatedly after the hijacking, suggesting the driver was learning how to move it

Evidence: The lorries tracker system says that it was started and stopped repeatedly after the hijacking, suggesting the driver was learning how to move it

Death toll: There are 12 dead - but 14 are critically or seriously injured in intensive care units across the country

Death toll: There are 12 dead - but 14 are critically or seriously injured in intensive care units across the country

The Polish owner of the lorry confirmed his driver was missing. 

Speaking on Polish news channel TVN24, the owner of the haulage firm Ariel Zurawski said his relative would not have committed an act of terror: I can say hand on heart that the man who drove into those people in the centre of Berlin was not my driver.

This is my cousin. Ive known him since I was born. I can vouch for him. 

My scenario is that they did something to the driver – they hijacked this vehicle because it was practically in the centre of Berlin and they had a good vehicle with which they could do what they did.

Alarm bells started ringing for the Polish haulage company when the lorrys GPS showed the vehicle was being driven like a beginner.

The readings appear to suggest the lorry was hijacked between 3pm and 4pm, according to Luke Wasik, from the transport firm.

At 3.19pm and 3.44pm failed attempts to start the engine were recorded.

The lorry was then driven in short distances towards the Christmas market before 5pm and then again, just after 5.30pm.

During these short journeys the GPS showed that the engine appeared to be choking - so the company tried to contact the driver to find out what was happening. However, no-one answered the calls.

Mr Wasik told Polish website WP Money: It looks as if someone was trying to learn how to drive this. He had problems with its operation.

The lorry was driven towards the square at 7.34pm.The final GPS reading was at 8pm, when the vehicle turned off its headlights and ploughed through the market, forcefully. 

A British man and his partner were just a few metres from being hit by the lorry. He described the horrific scenes afterwards, in which the couple saw a child lying under the truck.

He told Ruptly TV: The truck just came in. It did not appear to be stopping. It just missed us by a few metres. I looked to Sam to see if she was okay and then almost immediately the truck had gone past us. We tried to see who was injured.

There were two people who seemed to be okay - one was bleeding a little. I helped some people lift the side of one of the stalls so that somebody could be dragged from underneath and clear some of the wood out of the way.

There were children in the market. I didnt see, but my girlfriend saw a child under the truck afterwards. I saw about 15 or 20 people injured - some were moving and some were not moving. Others had bad blood on them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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