Before anyone gets carried away here, let it be known this terrorist is merely part of Angela Merkel’s cultural enrichment program that really seems to be going well these days. We’re just wondering how much more of this enrichment the German people are going to take.
The Pakistani asylum seeker terror suspect was allegedly arrested for a sex attack in July and was on the Interpol crime database but was still free to kill 12 people and injure 48 more at a Berlin Christmas market, it was claimed today.
The masked 23-year-old named as Naved B, who entered the country under a false name on New Year’s Eve 2015, was allegedly radicalised by an ISIS handler after arriving in Germany this year.
He is accused of turning off the truck’s lights before mounting the pavement at 40mph and ploughing through crowds of people enjoying mulled wine after work. The vehicle laden with steel cargo ripped through stalls and shoppers at 7pm on Breitscheidplatz Square, outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the German capital’s main shopping area.
Witnesses said victims including children were sent flying like bowling pins and sucked under the wheels leaving ‘rivers of blood’ as the killer driver steered at them before jumping out of the cab and racing from the scene.
Police managed to take the masked terror suspect alive at a nearby zoo after a ‘hero’ witness in the Christmas market gave chase on foot while giving officers second-by-second updates on his phone.
The lorry’s original Polish driver, who was transporting steel beams into Germany, was last heard from at around 4pm yesterday and was found shot dead in the cab in an apparent murder hijacking. The gun has not been found.
Germany’s Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière today confirmed that Neved B was not on Germany’s terror list but was on the Interpol list of criminals. He was also allegedly arrested in Berlin for a sex attack in July and other petty crimes.
The minister also revealed that the suspect had failed to attend his first asylum hearing and then appeared at a second but claimed he spoke no German and required an interpreter so it was adjourned.
The terror attack could be a political disaster for Angela Merkel, who will seek a historic fourth term as German Chancellor next year. The German leader has staked much of her political capital in opening up Germany’s doors to refugees and in doing so divided a reunited land.
Obviously it would be an Islamophobic backlash if she’s booted from office, and probably sexist, too. Frankly, if she had half a clue she’d tender her resignation today. Meanwhile, since the current occupant of the White House was busy golfing, the next president weighed in:
In a statement released after the crash, President elect Donald Trump said: ‘Our hearts and prayers are with the loved ones of the victims of the horrifying terror attack in Berlin.
‘Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday.
‘ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad.
‘These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners.
Others still don’t get it and never will:
@LaurieinRI Because people who support Donald Trump are dumb. Not really that hard to understand.
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) December 19, 2016
Just keep talking.
Sources told German daily Die Welt a Pakistani man detained near the scene of the massacre is not believed to be linked to the atrocity, meaning the attacker is still on the run.
“We have the wrong man,” the newspaper quoted a Berlin Police official saying. “And therefore a new situation — that the real attacker is still at large and can carry out new harm.”
Berlin’s police chief has confirmed it is “uncertain” whether the police detained, around 2km from the scene of the attack, was responsible for the atrocity.
The newspaper cites “high-ranking” security officials.
Berlin’s police and special services have been warned that a suspect, who could be armed, is at large, according to reports.
The interior minister Karl Ernst Thomas de Maizière had previously identified a 23-year-old Pakistani refugee, as the driver of the lorry.
“Naved B” had been living in Flughfen Tempelhof – an old airport that had been converted into a refugee centre – and was detained last night following the attack.