19 January 2018

Asylum seeker detained for Berlin attack

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Police in Germany have detained a migrant in relation to the Berlin Christmas market incident in which 12 people died and 48 were injured, which they are now investigating as a suspected"terror attack."

They believe the man arrived in Germany in February as a refugee from either Afghanistan or Pakistan.

Police and security services are treating the incident in which a lorry was driven into the crowd at Breitscheidplatz market in the Germany capital's city centre on Monday evening as deliberately intended to cause harm.

The German authorities have so far not described the incident as a terror attack but speaking to reporters on Monday night Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere said there are many things "pointing towards one."

The suspect was detained around one mile away (two kilometres) after fleeing the scene on foot.

He is not known to have any previous link to terror but has a history of petty crime, a German daily newspaper said.

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