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Germany: Berlin mayor ‘deeply shocked’ over deadly Christmas market attack 02:20

Germany: Berlin mayor ‘deeply shocked’ over deadly Christmas market attack

Germany, Berlin
December 20, 2016 at 17:48 GMT -00:00 · Published

Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller, said he was "simply deeply shocked" when he visited the site of the Christmas market attack, at a press conference in the German capital on Tuesday.

The previous evening a lorry drove into a Christmas market near Berlin's busy Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard, killing 12 and injuring 48. Later a Polish national was also found dead in the passenger seat of the abandoned lorry. Mueller expressed his disbelief that a place of joy and celebration had been turned in "a place of suffering and sadness" within just a few moments.

Berlin police arrested a man following the incident, but he denies any involvement and no video claiming the attack has surface yet. As there is a possibility of the attacker still being on the loose, security measures around big markets have been increased. According to the Berlin police chief, Klaus Kandt, officers "with machine guns and protective vests will be posted the entrance area" and the police presence in general will be increased. Furthermore barriers are being erected around large markets to prevent similar future attacks.

Germany: Berlin mayor ‘deeply shocked’ over deadly Christmas market attack 02:20
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Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller, said he was "simply deeply shocked" when he visited the site of the Christmas market attack, at a press conference in the German capital on Tuesday.

The previous evening a lorry drove into a Christmas market near Berlin's busy Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard, killing 12 and injuring 48. Later a Polish national was also found dead in the passenger seat of the abandoned lorry. Mueller expressed his disbelief that a place of joy and celebration had been turned in "a place of suffering and sadness" within just a few moments.

Berlin police arrested a man following the incident, but he denies any involvement and no video claiming the attack has surface yet. As there is a possibility of the attacker still being on the loose, security measures around big markets have been increased. According to the Berlin police chief, Klaus Kandt, officers "with machine guns and protective vests will be posted the entrance area" and the police presence in general will be increased. Furthermore barriers are being erected around large markets to prevent similar future attacks.

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