At least nine people have been killed after a lorry ploughed into a festive market in the German capital – with more than 50 others injured.Mehr...
But in late November, the US State Department warned of a “heightened risk of terror attacks” at events marking the Christian holiday across Europe.
It said it had “credible information” that Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaeda were planning attacks and focusing on the “upcoming holiday season”.
The department specifically warned American travellers to exercise caution at “holiday festivals, events and outdoor markets”.
European intelligence services were also aware of the threat of possible attacks across the continent in the run-up to Christmas.
The Foreign Office told British travellers to Germany to “remain vigilant” at “Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds”.
A UK security source recently told the Mirror that festive markets and shopping centres could be in ISIS’ sights.
They said: “The entire continent is vulnerable to attack as we have seen in France, Germany and Belgium but particularly in the run-up to Christmas.
“It is a Christian period of festivities, bring together large crowds of soft target civilians and will attract attention from those who wish to inflict harm.”
It is understood tonight’s incident took place at a market outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
Police spokesman Winfried Wenzel told ZDF public television that a man believed to be the driver of the truck had been arrested near the scene.
Briton Emma Rushton, who was in the market, saw the lorry rush past her at speed and said it could not have been an accident.
The tourist said she only missed being caught in the chaos because she had climbed up some steps to take a seat.
She added: “It was not an accident. It was going 40mph, it was in the middle of the market.
“There was no way that it could have come off the road and it showed no signs of slowing down.”
Police tweeted to urge people to stay at home and refrain from spreading rumours, adding that officers were working at full speed….
Monday, December 19, 2016
Berliner LKW-Jidad: Merkel wurde Wochen zuvor davor gewarnt durch das US State Department: Jetzt muss sie zurücktreten !
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