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German officials treating deadly truck attack on Christmas market as terrorism

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UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 19 at 9:01 p.m.

A German intelligence official told CNN the crash at a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, is being investigated as an act of terrorism. 

Authorities have taken the suspected driver of the truck into custody and the man found dead inside a truck has been identified as a Polish citizen, according to CNN. 

 UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 19 at 8:03 p.m.

Police in Berlin, Germany, say the death toll has risen to 12 after a truck slammed into a Christmas market. Forty-eight people were reportedly injured. 

UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 19 at 5:23 p.m. 

Ned Price, spokesman for the National Security Council released a statement Monday afternoon condemning "what appears to have been" a terrorist attack in Berlin, Germany. 

"We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of those killed, just as we wish a speedy recovery to all of those wounded," Price said in a statement. "We also extend our heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Germany."

UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 19 at 5:01 p.m. 

Police in Berlin are still investigating whether the crash at a Christmas market that killed nine was deliberate. 

The crash comes less than a month after the U.S. State Department called for caution in markets and other public places. The department warned that extremist groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida were focusing on holiday attractions. 


In the past, both extremist groups have called on followers to use trucks for attacks on public places. 

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Bastille Day truck attack on a crowd in Nice, France, on July 14. 

The Associated Press contributed to this update. 

UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 19 at 3:50 p.m. 

German police say the driver of the truck that plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, was arrested near the scene and a passenger in the truck was found dead.

Original story

A truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, Monday evening, killing at least 9 and injuring nearly 50, according to CNN.

Two German news outlets are reporting that the truck ran into a market, which was set up outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Photos from the scene show damaged tables and stalls. 

According to CNN, police are describing this as a "severe incident" and at least one witness described the truck "crushing people."


German news outlets are also reporting that it isn't clear whether the incident was an accident or an attack on the market. 

Emma Rushton, who was near the market tweeted to ABC News, saying the truck appeared to be going an estimated 40 mph when the incident occured. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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