At least 12 people were killed Monday evening in Berlin when a truck plowed through a Christmas market at around 8 p.m. near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
One suspect has been arrested who was believed to have been driving the truck that was stolen from a worksite in Poland, a two-hour drive from Berlin.
No group has claimed responsibility of the attack yet, but the incident reminded many a similar attack earlier this year in July in Nice, France when a truck killed 80 people by driving in the crowd during Bastille Day celebrations.
The Nice attack was linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the killer, who had a long history of disturbed behavior, was inspired by the terror group.
The incident scattered people who were shopping and drinking mulled wine just moments before.
Meanwhile, if the attack turns out to have been carried out by a migrant, Chancellor Angela Merkel could land in political crisis as she were earlier highly criticized for allowing one million migrants to enter Germany.
Top security official of the city, Andreas Geisel, said the incidence could be an accident.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere too refused to use the word “attack” for the incident. He added, “The words we choose have a psychological effect on the whole country… I am consciously avoiding using the word ‘attack,’ although there is a lot that points in that direction.”
Justice Minister Heiko Maas said the incident indicate towards suspected terrorism.