Truck plows into crowd at Berlin Christmas market

At least 12 people are dead with up to 48 others wounded after a truck plowed into a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin Monday.

The suspected Pakistani driver was arrested but later released due to insufficient evidence, while a Polish passenger was killed¬†“on the spot” with a pistol, according to police. That weapon has not been found.

The market is situated at the foot of the Kaiser Wilheim memorial church, which was kept as a bombed-out ruin after World War II.

The truck plowed into the market at an extremely crowded time, as people gathered around the traditional cluster of wooden huts to purchase last-minute gifts.

Police are treating the situation as an terror attack, and have urged people in Berlin to stay home and cooperate with the investigation. In a Tuesday press conference, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said there was “no doubt” that the situation is terror-related.¬†The Islamic State has claimed responsibility through its Amaq news agency.

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