Berlin lorry attack: ISIS claims responsibility

21 Dec 2016


Berlin, Dec 21: Militant group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the lorry attack on a Christmas market in Berlin which left at least 12 people dead, media reports said on Wednesday.

"The Islamic State’s (IS) ‘Amaq News Agency reported that the December 19, 2016 vehicular attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany was carried out by 'a solder of the Islamic State'," a SITE Intel Group report stated.


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attack in Berlin last night and expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families “of the victims of this horrific act,” as well as to the German Government and people.


“The Secretary-General hopes anyone involved in the commission of this appalling crime will be swiftly brought to justice,” said a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesperson in New York.


According to media reports, Monday night, a man ploughed a truck through a Christmas market in the heart of the German capital, killing 12.


In the statement, Ban wished a speedy recovery to those injured.


In a separate statement, the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, also condemned the terrorist attack, noting that according to the latest information, the incident resulted in the death of 12 people and the injuring of up to 50 others.


“President Thomson is following the situation in Berlin closely, extends his condolences to the victims’ families, the Government and the people of Germany, and wishes a speedy recovery to those wounded,” the statement said.


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