UPDATE: Suspect in Berlin Christmas Market Attack is a Pakistani ‘Refugee’
A suspected Islamist drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night.
Nine Twelve people were killed and 50 were reportedly injured.
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The suspect in the attack came to Germany as a “refugee” from Pakistan.
FOX News reported:
The man believed to have driven a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin Monday evening had come to Germany as a refugee from Pakistan this past February, multiple German media outlets reported.
The attack killed at least 12 people and left 48 others injured. Officials in Germany and the United States have described the crash as an apparent terror attack, though no group has claimed responsibility.
If confirmed, the revelations are likely to heap more pressure onto German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose decision to accept waves of migrants from Africa and the Middle East has stoked controversy and unsettled Germany and Europe.
Der Tagesspiegel reported that the suspect, whom the paper said was Afghan or Pakistani, was known to police for multiple minor offenses, but had not made the radar of anti-terror authorities. The dpa press agency reported that the suspect used multiple names, making it difficult for authorities to confirm his actual identity.
The suspect was arrested about 1 1/2 miles away from the scene of the carnage at the popopular Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. A Polish passenger in the truck died at the scene as paramedics attended to him.
Several questions remained unanswered early Tuesday, including exactly how the suspect came to be behind the wheel of the large Scania truck with a Polish license plate that was carrying several tons of steel.
Germany accepted more migrants than the rest of the world combined this past year.
In August German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters the millions of recent Muslim refugees did not bring terrorism to Germany.