9 dead after truck crashes into Christmas market in Berlin

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Police secured the site where a truck drove through a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19. Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Police secured the site where a truck drove through a crowd at a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19. Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

A truck plowed into a Christmas market in Germany’s capital Berlin on Monday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens more.

The police say they arrested the suspected driver near the scene, the Associated Press reported. Police say they believe it was a deliberate attack.

Police cars and ambulances gathered at the market near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the western part of central Berlin.

The truck that drove through a Christmas market in Berlin is seen with a shattered windshield. Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The truck that drove through a Christmas market in Berlin is seen with a shattered windshield. Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Witnesses said the truck did not appear to slow down as it drove through the crowded pedestrian area.

Television footage of the aftermath showed the truck with a smashed windshield.

The incident appeared similar to one that took place in Nice, France, in July, when a Tunisian man drove a truck through a crowded waterfront where people had gathered to watch fireworks. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that attack.

This is a developing story. We will update the post as more details become available.

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