Berlin Christmas Market Terrorist Attack
Europe was warned that ISIS planned terror attacks at Christmas markets 25 days before the Berlin atrocity.
Police have said at least nine people died and more than 50 have been injured after a lorry ploughed through a Christmas market killing and injuring shoppers.
The huge vehicle smashed into booths outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the centre of the city.
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Terrified market-goers have tweeted panicked images from the scene of the incident which comes an hour after the Russian ambassador was shot dead in Ankara.
Around 50 people were injured in the attack as many crushed under its wheels.
The truck is believed to have been doing 40mph when it ploughed into shoppers.
The attack came after intelligence agencies warned in November that terrorists are planning a wave of Christmas attacks throughout Europe, targeting shopping areas and crowded market-places to maximise casualties.
It comes as Islamic State loses ground in Iraq with a massive assault on its Mosul stronghold and attacks are already weakening its Syrian HQ Raqqa.
French counter-terror police last month seized seven suspects allegedly awaiting delivery of an arms cache for an assault on civilians.
The people arrested in Marseilles and Strasbourg were of French, Morroccan and Afghan origin and aged between 29 and 37.
Police found four handguns and a submachine gun in searches.
Britain’s domestic intelligence agency MI5 warned a terror attack on our streets is highly likely for the past two years as Europe has become increasingly targeted.
“Britain is very much in the sights of the jihadists but thankfully plots and plotters have been disrupted and stopped
“Whilst UK agencies have been extremely good at preventative intelligence operations against jihadist groups, other European equivalents have been less successful, sadly.
Local police are saying the incident is probably a terror attack and the driver of the truck is believed to be on the run.
According to information from Die Welt, there have been suspicions of a potential attack on Berlin for days.
The incident occurred at about 8pm with the truck coming in from Kantstrasse destroying booths along the way.
Germany’s Christmas markets have been feared as a key target for jihadis following a series of other Islamist terror attacks in Germany and elsewhere in Europe this year.
It is feared that the current military operation on Mosul will force Islamic State to change tactics and rather than hold ground, concentrate on attacking Europe.
Christmas markets have become popular across Britain, in Bath, Birmingham, Exeter and London and could be vulnerable to attack.
American State Department officials have warned US travellers to be vigilant when travelling to Europe – and to be particularly careful when going to Christmas events.
France is still under a state of emergency, imposed after last November’s Bataclan attack in Paris, which killed 130 victims and injured many more.
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