BREAKING: Terrorist plows truck into Berlin Christmas shoppers

At least 50 injured, higher totals possible in likely Berlin terrorist attack. In another terrorist act, Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara museum.

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Unattributed, apparently amateur photo showing terrorist truck after it drove into a crowd of Berlin Christmas shoppers. Victims may still have been beneath the truck or the debris around it at the time this photo was taken. (Unattributed, unidentified source)

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2016 – Another wave of terrorist attacks has hit Europe and the Middle East. In Berlin, a truck drove directly into a crowd of happy shoppers at one of Germany’s popular Christmas markets in an attack similar to an attack that occurred in the French city of Nice just this summer.

The UK’s Daily Mail confirms

“Several people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a lorry [truck] ploughed through a crowd of shoppers at a busy Christmas market in Berlin.

“German police at the scene have indicated the incident is likely to be a terror attack.


“Several more people have been injured as they lay trapped beneath the vehicle, which sped through a crowd of shoppers at the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz Square near the Kurfuerstendamm avenue in west Berlin.

“Horrifying pictures and videos from Berlin show emergency services racing to the scene and the devastating aftermath as the lorry ploughed through the market.”

Elsewhere, in the Turkish capital of Ankara, another terrorist attack took place as the UK’s Mirror reports:

“Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been assassinated by an off-duty police officer in front of terrified witnesses allegedly in retaliation for the crisis in Aleppo.

Unattributed photo showing Turkish gunman brandishing his weapon after killing Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey. (Via UK Mirror website)

“The gunman – smartly dressed in a black suit and tie – reportedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and said in Turkish ‘We die in Aleppo, you die here’ after shooting Ambassador Andrei Karlov in the back.

The attacker was fatally shot by police after killing Mr Karlov and wounding three others in what Russia’s Foreign Ministry has called ‘an act of terrorism.’

Unattributed, censored photo shows Turkish gunman Mevlüt Mert Altintaş moments after he was shot and killed by Ankara authorities. (Unattributed photo via UK Mirror)

“Mr Karlov, 62, was delivering a speech at an art gallery in the capital of Ankara when he was shot from behind in an attack caught on camera, and then shot at least once more at close range as he lay on the floor.”

The terrorist was later identified by Turkish officials as 22 year-old Mevlüt Mert Altintaş. Ironically, he was a Turkish police officer who used his ID to slip into Ankara’s Centre for Contemporary Arts.

The Mirror notes that Altintas “had been a member of Ankara’s elite anti-riot police for two years.”

Both stories are breaking, and more details are likely to be available later Monday.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17