Berlin terror attack: Lorry ploughs into crowd of shoppers killing nine, trapping others and leaving 50 injured at Christmas market - with killer driver now on the run
At least nine people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a lorry ploughed through a crowd of shoppers at 40mph in a busy Christmas market in Berlin.
As German police indicated the incident may be terror related, ISIS moved quickly to claim responsibility for the fatal attack.
The vehicle mounted the pavement before tearing through stalls as it travelled the entire length of the market on Breitscheidplatz Square, outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the German capital’s main shopping area.
After the driver was arrested nearby and another person was found dead in the cab, there was speculation this evening that the Polish-registered lorry may have been hijacked as the haulage firm said they lost contact with the driver this afternoon.
The vehicle left a trail of devastation in its wake, in a chilling echo of the deadly terror attack in the French city of Nice in July - and came just one hour after the Russian ambassador was shot dead in Ankara.
The incident comes amid repeated warnings from security agencies that supporters of Islamic State could launch lone wolf terror attacks at festive markets across Europe.