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Suspect of Pakistani origin held over Berlin truck attack

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 20, 2016 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 20, 2016 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
BERLIN: Germany’s police have arrested a 23-year-old asylum seeker of Pakistani origin in connection with truck attack that killed 12 people in Berlin at a Christmas market. According to German media, the suspected truck driver, identified as Naved, has been arrested. However, no official confirmation has been provided regarding identification and the arrest. The suspect...

BERLIN: Germany’s police have arrested a 23-year-old asylum seeker of Pakistani origin in connection with truck attack that killed 12 people in Berlin at a Christmas market.

According to German media, the suspected truck driver, identified as Naved, has been arrested. However, no official confirmation has been provided regarding identification and the arrest.

The suspect was picked up about 2 kilometres (1½ miles) away from the scene of the attack, media reports said, adding that after the horror attack a witness followed the suspect for more than a mile and called police, who arrested him near the Victory Column monument.

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Footage posted online shows police putting the suspect into a van with a sheet over his head. He has now been transferred to Karlsruhue to be quizzed by Germany’s top federal prosecutor.

German media cited local security sources as saying that there was evidence suggesting the arrested suspect was from Afghanistan or Pakistan and had entered Germany in February as a refugee.

Security sources cited by DPA news agency said that the man was an asylum seeker.

Police and emergency workers stand next to a crashed truck at the site of an accident at a Christmas market in Berlin

Local broadcaster rbb cited security sources as saying the arrested truck driver came to Germany via Passau, a city on the Austrian border, on Dec. 31, 2015. It cited the sources as saying the man was born on Jan. 1, 1993 in Pakistan and was already known to police for minor offences.

If that is confirmed, it could further worsen sentiment toward migrants in Germany, where more than a million people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere have arrived this year and last.

Berlin police are investigating leads that the truck had been stolen from a construction site in Poland. They have taken the truck for a forensic examination. – Samaa/Agencies
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