A busy Christmas market in central Berlin is not as merry as usual after a truck ploughed into the patrons, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others.
The driver is in custody after attempting to flee and the other suspect dead after the truck carelessly barreled through huts and structures around the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church in what was once West Berlin.
Police say it is unclear what nationality the suspects were but German media were quick to cite security sources as saying that the arrested suspect could have come in from Afghanistan or Pakistan with the flood of refugees in February.
48 people were brought to Berlin hospitals according to Police.
A tourist who was in the vicinity, Emma Rushton said there was a loud bang and then she could see the top of the truck. The lorry was travelling around 65kph.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the circumstances of the crash were still unclear, adding: “I don’t want to use the word ‘attack’ yet although a lot points to that.”
U.S. President-Elect, Donald Trump however, condemned the attack and linked it to “Islamist terrorists” and the White House condemned the apparent terrorist attack on Monday.
The suspects began their assault around 8 pm, a time when the market is normally in full swing and visitors and adults would be gathered around the tiny wooden huts to get Christmas treats with their families.
The man found inside of the vehicle was eventually stated to be a Polish citizen by police, but it was also pointed out that he was not the individual in control of the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Investigations are being conducted further and a lengthy interrogation with the driver will no doubt happen in quick time.
Police have received several leads that the truck was stolen from a construction site and are following up on any and all leads they receive. The truck has been taken in for forensic investigation.