Germany Investigates If Terrorism Is Behind Berlin Christmas Market Attack

The government and the courts are at odds for now.

Authorities are trying to figure out if terrorism is behind a horrific attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany yesterday. A tractor-trailer drove through a crowd, killing 12 and injuring dozens, in what's being called the nation’s bloodiest attack in decades.

According to the New York Times, a 23-year-old Pakistani was detained after the attack. However, it's still uncertain if the man, who may have entered Germany seeking asylum last December, was the driver of the truck.

Federal prosecutor Peter Frank shared that, “We have not limited ourselves to one suspect or one possible perpetrator." He added, “But we can’t make a final assessment whether it is a terrorism-motivated attack, or whether it was a copycat act.”

Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, has already called it terrorism. “We must assume at the current time that it was a terrorist attack," she said today.

According to The Guardian, terrorist group ISIS has called on members to use trucks as a means of attacking. A similar attack occurred in Nice, France on Bastille Day, which left 84 dead. No group has officially taken responsibility for the Berlin attack at this time.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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