BERLIN, Germany (WWLP) – Police in Germany have determined the driver of the truck that crashed into a crowded Christmas market, killing 12 people, did it on purpose.
German police have called it a suspected terrorist attack. The Christmas market was filled with a mix of tourists and locals when the large truck crashed. A suspect, who is believed to be the driver of the truck, has been arrested.
Although the nationality of the suspect is still unknown, the passenger, who was killed in the crash, was a Polish national. The truck also reportedly had Polish license plates.
Massachusetts State Police issued a statement Monday night telling residents they are monitoring the situation in Berlin and said there is no current threat to the state.
The full statement is below:
Massachusetts State Police monitoring developments in Berlin, Germany The Massachusetts State Police, through our Commonwealth Fusion Center, are monitoring developments in Berlin following today’s attack. If our federal partners at the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation determine there is information relevant to police agencies in the United States, such as any nexus between the attack and persons or groups in the US, that will be communicated to us. We would then take further investigative actions to determine if any nexus to Massachusetts exists. At this point there is no information that suggests any such nexus. As always, troopers will remain extremely vigilant. Members of the public are reminded to immediately contact police if they observe anything or anyone suspicious or seemingly out of place for their surroundings.”