Pakistani Refugee behind the Berlin Truck Attack: German Media
The German Foreign Office conveyed Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s message as he expresses deep grief and sorrow in the aftermath of the incident.
Foreign Office also announced that flags will be at half-staff to mourn the victims of the terrorist attack.
After the horrific terror incidents of Ankara and Berlin over the past 24 hours, London Metropolitan Police swung into action and beefed up its security to protect the city from similar incidents. In a statement issued, it said
“The Metropolitan Police has detailed plans for protecting public events over the Christmas and New Year period. These already recognise that the threat level is at ‘severe’, meaning an attack is highly likely, and have considered a range of threats, including the use of large vehicles.
As a matter of routine, as a precaution, we review our plans after attacks overseas, and we are doing so at present following the awful incidents in Berlin and Ankara last night.”
Berlin, Germany- Angela Merkel’s immigration policies came under fire from right wing parties as a man, who reportedly was a Pakistani Refugee, was suspected of the Christmas terror attack in Berlin.
The Christmas Market in Breitscheidplatz saw horrifying scenes as a man drove a 7-tonne truck into the pavement across the highly famous shopping street Kurfürstendamm near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 48, some seriously.
The incident came when the city was in the midst of its Pre-Christmas Celebrations and a lot of people were present in the market area. The alleged attacker was arrested and a man was found dead inside the truck. The dead man was a Polish national according to police sources and probably the original owner of the truck.
Merkel’s immigration policy changes last year had allowed nearly a million refugees from the Middle East region to pour into Germany which right wingers alleged, had allowed Islamic extremists to come and wreak havoc in the country.
The initial reports suggested that the suspect, who probably had gotten into Germany through the Balkan route illegally, was a 23 year old Pakistani named Naveed B. Police reportedly searched a refuge asylum at the defunct Templehof airport for information regarding the suspect as he was believed to have stayed there before the attack, according to Welt Daily.
Merkel had earlier vowed never to repeat the Open Door policy as her party lost heavily in the regional elections and with the general elections looming large on her and the party.
This kind an attack wasn’t isolated as a similar incident happened in July in Nice, France, killing more than 86 people on Bastille Day. The driver there was an alleged member of Islamic State and drove a 19-tonne lorry straight into the crowd.
The person’s identity has not yet been confirmed or his motive but it has been claimed that he was linked to terror groups in Pakistan or Afghanistan. Suspicions of involvements with the Islamic State are also being considered.