A man driving a 7 1/2 ton semi-truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin killing at least nine and leaving at least 50 injured, some trapped. The truck was traveling at a high rate of speed, going 40 mph. The section of the Christmas market, located on Breitscheidplatz Square near the Kurfuerstendamm Avenue in west Berlin, targeted by the truck was crowded with at least 100 people at the time of the attack.
German police did not hesitate to say that this was not an accident and that it appears to be a terrorist attack. A manhunt is underway to find the person who committed this heinous act just one week before Christmas. The attack happened at 8 pm local time.
Witnesses say that the truck left a two-way street, got onto the sidewalk and plowed into the crowd. After hitting the crowd of people, the truck swerved back into the street and came to a stop. The driver apparently exited the truck and a manhunt ensued. A suspect was captured by police near the scene but his identity has not yet been revealed. They are still trying to determine if he was the driver of the semi.
This attack is reminiscent of the terrorist attack in Nice, France in July 2016. A Muslim terrorist driving a large truck drove into a crowd gathered for a Bastille Day celebration, killing 77 people. That terrorist was killed by police.
According to FOX News, German intelligence have been intercepting indications of a possible attack on a Christmas market in Berlin for several days.
Just recently, the State Department issued a warning to Americans traveling in large cities in Europe to avoid crowded markets and places with high concentration of people.
This story is developing.