'We have to assume this was a terrorist attack'- Merkel

2016-12-20 12:40
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Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that authorities believe a deadly rampage by a lorry driver at a Berlin Christmas market was a "terrorist" attack likely committed by an asylum seeker.

"According to what we know, we have to assume this was a terrorist attack," Merkel, visibly moved and dressed in black, told reporters.

"I know it will be especially hard for us to take if it is confirmed that the person who committed this attack sought protection and asylum in Germany."

Merkel says she is "shocked, shaken and deeply saddened" by the attack that killed at least 12 people on Monday.

She told reporters on Tuesday that it would be "particularly sickening" if it turns out the attacker was an asylum-seeker who sought refuge in Germany.

German media have reported that a suspect arrested after the attack was a Pakistani citizen who came to Germany in late 2015 or early 2016.

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