At least nine people have been killed and 50 have been injured after a lorry ploughed into a packed Christmas market in Berlin.
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Police sources said that they believe it was a deliberate attack on tourists and locals.
The driver of the truck was briefly on the run but a suspect has since been detained after being arrested close to the scene.
A passenger in the truck died at the scene.
Berlin Police confirmed that nine people had been killed adding that ‘many others had been injured’.
Jan Hollitzer, a local journalist, said: ‘I heard a big noise and then I moved on the
An injured man is pushed to an ambulance at the site of an accident with a truck at a Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz square near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm , 2016.
An injured man is pushed to an ambulance at the site of an accident with a truck at a Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz square (Picture: Reuters)
Brit Emma Rushton, who witnessed the market crash, saw the lorry rush past her at speed and said it could not have been an accident.
She told Sky News she only missed being caught in the chaos because she had climbed up some steps to take a seat.
Ms Rushton said: ‘The stall that we bought our mulled wine from was completely crushed. People were tearing off wooden panels to get out.’
She added: ‘It was not an accident. It was going 40mph, it was in the middle of the market. There was no way that it could have come off the road and it showed no signs of slowing down.’