UN’s Ban condemns Berlin Christmas market attack
UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday condemned the rampage by a truck driver on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people, calling it a terrorist attack.
Ban expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims.
“The secretary-general condemns the terrorist attack in Berlin last night,” said a statement from his spokesman.
He “hopes anyone involved in the commission of this appalling crime will be swiftly brought to justice,” he added.
Lorry ploughs into Christmas market
A lorry ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more in what police said was a suspected terror attack.
Ambulances and heavily armed police rushed to the area after the vehicle mounted the pavement of the market in a square popular with tourists, in horrific scenes reminiscent of July’s deadly truck attack in the French Riviera city of Nice.
“I don’t want to use the word ‘attack’ yet, although there are many things pointing to one,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told public television.