Twelve dead as lorry ploughs into Berlin Christmas market shoppers

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Twelve people were killed and scores injured when a lorry ploughed into Christmas market shoppers in the centre of the German capital, Berlin.

The authorities are not yet sure if the incident was a deliberate attack or an accident but one man was arrested nearby.

The German President Joachim Gauck said it was “an awful evening for Berlin and for our country”.

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The Christmas market was taking place just off one of the city’s most famous shopping streets, the Kurfurstendamm, in Breidscheidplatz.

A Polish company is said to own the lorry which crashed into shoppers and stalls.

The Mayor of Nice in France where 86 people were killed in July when a lorry was deliberately driven into crowds of people tweeted: “Support for the mayor of Berlin and the German people”.

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