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Berlin christmas market attack suspect released

Berlin christmas market attack suspect released

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German prosecutors say a Pakistani suspect they detained in the Berlin Christmas market attack has been released. The office said they do not have enough evidence up to now to pursue a case against him.

Earlier the authorities said they weren’t sure whether he was the perpetrator.

The 23-year-old had denied involvement in the attack in which a dozen people were killed and nearly 50 injured, 18 of them seriously.

It is possible that there is still a dangerous perpetrator on the run and of course people are worried. I believe people who live in this city should be vigilant.

He was arrested following a tip-off from a witness to after the attack in which a truck ploughed into stalls serving mulled wine and sausages.

“It is possible that there is still a dangerous perpetrator on the run and of course people are worried. I believe people who live in this city should be vigilant.” said Berlin Police Chief, Klaus Kandt.

He said police also thought it possible there might be more than one suspect.

Police say a man found dead in the lorry was a Polish national, adding that he had not been in control of the vehicle. He’s believed to be the original truck driver.

Germany’s interior minister said a pistol believed to have been used to kill him had not yet been found.
Security measures are now being tightened around Christmas markets and other seasonal events elsewhere in Germany.

In Dresden concrete blocks were put in place to prevent vehicles from entering the market.

Meanwhile,Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was illuminated on Tuesday with the colours of the German flag as a tribute to the 12 people killed and 48 injured in a truck attack on a Christmas market on Monday.

As Germany mourns, flags have been flying at half mast.

The authorities say people should not give in to terrorism by changing their plans and should still attend seasonal events to celebrate Christmas.