In Berlin, the search for the people who were involved in the attack on the market, during which 12 people were killed and 48 were injured. Authorities released the suspect, who was detained immediately after the tragedy, they reported, that he has nothing to attack and they have no grounds to hold him.
As the search for the terrorists, investigators have described the offender as a "soldier of the Islamic state", which acted in response to calls for attacks in the West. While the German authorities see this as a terrorist attack, there is no evidence of a direct link between the attacker and the IG.
The police appealed to the public with a request for any digital video and photos they have from the scene of the incident. After the suspect was released, police "is back to normal from the point of view of this study," said terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank. According to German media reports, the man was identified by witnesses as the driver of the truck during the incident, but police soon found that it was not so.
The U.S. Embassy in Berlin said that terrorism "remains a source of concern throughout Europe, especially during the holidays." "In light of the ongoing investigation, the Embassy in Berlin urges all U.S. citizens to maintain good situational awareness vigilance", the statement said. The home office asked its citizens to "maintain vigilance and follow the advice of local authorities," in the attack. The Ministry of internal Affairs of Poland requested military police to patrol the streets of Polish cities in the attack, according to local media.
The truck, which belonged to a Polish company, was carrying 25 tons of steel, before crashed into the crowd. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "deeply saddened by the incident" during a visit to the scene of the attack.
The attack, which happened on Monday could cause further political turmoil for Merkel, who was criticized for the generous acceptance of refugees. Germany took more than 890 thousand asylum seekers last year, a much larger number than other European countries. Dressed in black, Merkel called for unity in the face of attack. She said it is "especially disgusting", if the perpetrator of the attack was an asylum seeker. Christmas markets across the city were closed, Berliners gathered at the Memorial Church of Kaiser Wilhelm, near the scene of the attack to pay tribute to the victims.
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