‘Germany is at war’: Berlin on alert for new terror attack as police hunt armed ISIS gunman who killed 12 people in lorry massacre – after security services admit they got the WRONG man. By Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter and Julian Robinson and Anthony Joseph and Allan Hall In Berlin for MailOnline, December 19-20, 2016
- Security sources have told one German newspaper the real killer could still be on loose with a gun.
- Senior police chief said: ‘We have wrong man. Perpetrator is armed, at large and can cause further damage’
- Arrested Pakistani asylum seeker Naved B, 23, entered country under false name and has criminal record
- Asylum seeker was living inside hangar for immigrants at a Berlin airport since raided by commandos at 4am
- At least 48 injured and 12 dead after truck mowed down shoppers at 40mph in a busy Christmas market
- Three of the dead have not yet been identified but six victims have been confirmed as German citizens
- Driver steered at crowds – including children – along 80 metre stretch of pavement packed with stalls
- Masked killer fled scene but was pursued by ‘hero’ witness who chased him on foot and led police to him
- Polish-registered lorry understood ‘stolen by hijacker’, who may have murdered driver Lukasz Urban
- Angela Merkel says Germany is in ‘mourning’ – but terror attack could be hammer blow to 2017 election hopes
A second terror attack in Berlin could be imminent after police admitted the killer lorry driver who mowed down 12 people at a packed Christmas market is on the loose and armed with a gun.
Prosecutor Holger Münch has warned of a ‘serious threat’ of another ‘significant’ terror attack as it emerged an asylum seeker from Pakistan arrested last night was the wrong man.
Berlin’s police chief Klaus Kandt said the ‘dangerous criminal’ behind a deadly truck rampage at a Christmas market may still be on the run, urging ‘heightened vigilance’. Interior minister Klaus Bouillon said that Germany is ‘in a state of war’ after the massacre on Breitscheidplatz Square last night – the seventh in the country this year.
Detectives interrogating chief suspect Naved B, 23, have said he has no blood on his clothes, no injuries and denies hijacking a 25-tonne lorry and using it to murder 12 people and injured 48 more last night.
A security services source, a senior police officer, told die Welt newspaper: ‘We have the wrong man. The true perpetrator is still armed, at large and can cause further damage.’
Germany’s top prosecutor Peter Frank also said that they cannot rule out that more than one person may be on the run, adding Naved B ‘may not have been the perpetrator or belong to the group of perpetrators’.
At 7pm last night a juggernaut laden with steel cargo turned off its lights and ripped through stalls and shoppers at 40mph on Breitscheidplatz Square, outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the German capital’s main shopping area.