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At least nine dead after truck ploughs into Berlin Xmas market: Police  

Berlin (AFP) – A truck crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing at least nine people and injuring several more, police said.
“There have been at least nine deaths,” a police spokesman told AFP.

Berlin police tweeted that several people had also been injured when the vehicle veered onto the pavement of the market in a central square popular with tourists.

Eyewitness Mike Fox, visiting Berlin from Birmingham, says the large lorry missed him by only about three meters as it drove into the market, tearing through tables and wooden stands. 

“It was definitely deliberate,” he told Associated Press. 
Mr Fox added that he helped people who appeared to have broken limbs, and that others were trapped under Christmas stands. 

The suspected lorry driver has been arrested, a police spokesman tells N24 TV. 

The market is at Breitscheidplatz close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in the city’s west.

Jan Hollitzer, deputy editor in chief of Berliner Morgenpost, told CNN: “I heard a big noise and then I moved on the Christmas market and saw much chaos… many injured people. It was really traumatic.”
The Berliner Zeitung reports that police have set up a meeting point for relatives at the scene.

A photographer for the DPA news agency said that armed police were at an entrance to the nearby zoo.

Images of the lorry show it was registered in neighbouring Poland.

The incident evoked memories of the lorry attack on Bastille Day crowds in the French city of Nice on 14 July, when 86 people were killed. That attack was claimed by so-called Islamic State.

A series of small-scale attacks by Islamist militants alarmed Germany earlier this year.

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