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LIVE: Nine dead in truck 'attack' in Berlin

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 19/12/2016

A truck has ploughed into a crowd close to a Christmas market in Germany in what is suspected to be a deliberate attack. Follow live coverage here.

What we know so far

  • Nine people are dead
  • Berlin police have told local media first indications point to a deliberate attack
  • A suspect has been arrested. A passenger in the truck was killed in the crash, police say.

A truck has ploughed into a crowd close to a Christmas market in the German capital Berlin, killing nine people.

Local media, citing police at the scene, said first indications pointed to a deliberate attack on the market.

In a tweet Berlin police said nine people were dead and "many" were injured.

Video footage from the scene shows stalls knocked over and people lying injured on the ground.

Police cars and ambulances converged on the scene.

The incident occurred near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue in the west of the city.

The truck crash comes five months after an attack at Nice in France, when a 19-tonne truck was driven along the beach front, mowing down people who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people.

That attack was claimed by Islamic State. Police shot dead the driver, Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, at the scene.

The truck crash comes five months after an attack at Nice in France, when a 19-tonne truck was driven along the beach front, mowing down people who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people.

That attack was claimed by Islamic State. Police shot dead the driver, Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, at the scene.

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