Terror in Germany
12 people are dead and almost 50 are injured in what appears and is suspected as an act of terror today in a Christmas market outside of a German church. The popular market was filled with a mix of locals and tourists when a truck rammed into the crowd of people in central Berlin.
The White House issued the following statement regarding the attack,
The Associated Press reports, "The crash came less than a month after the U.S. State Department called for caution in markets and other public places across Europe, saying extremist groups including Islamic State and al-Qaida were focusing "on the upcoming holiday season and associated events."
The Islamic State group and al-Qaida have both called on followers to use trucks in particular to attack crowds. On July 14, a truck plowed into Bastille Day revelers in the southern French city of Nice, killing 86 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack, which was carried out by a Tunisian living in France.
Following that attack there were calls to block off and better protect high-profile public gatherings. There were no barriers around the Christmas market on Monday."
A suspect was taken into custody after being found about 1.5 miles from the crime scene.
President-elect Trump released the following statement, “Our hearts and prayers are with the loved ones of the victims of today’s horrifying terror attack in Berlin. Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday. ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad. These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners.”