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.
“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.’
“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.