Islamist State Claims Berlin Attack

Islamist State Claims Berlin Attack

The Islamist State has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Berlin, Germany at a Christmas market Monday that killed 12 people and injured 50 others. IS said in a statement to its Amaq news agency that the attack in Berlin was carried out by one of its soldiers, "in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition."

Authorities are still looking for the suspect in the attack. CBN news reports, "Germany is not involved in anti-IS combat operations, but has Tornado jets and a refueling plane stationed in Turkey in support of the coalition fighting militants in Syria, as well as a frigate protecting a French aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean, among other assets.
 
The claim of responsibility came not long after German prosecutors said they'd released a man picked up on Monday night near the scene of the attack, initially suspected of driving the truck.  The man, a Pakistani citizen who came to Germany last year, had been picked up based on a description of a suspect who jumped out of the truck and fled."

Berlin police have asked citizens to be "particularly vigilant" and report "suspicious movements" to authorities. 
 
Berlin police chief Klaus Kandt said, "We may still have a dangerous criminal out there."

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