ISIS claims responsibility for Berlin, Germany truck attack

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BERLIN, Germany — ISIS has claimed responsibility for influencing the attack on a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, Germany.

ISIS‘ Amaq news agency said in a statement Tuesday that “the person who carried out the truck run over attack in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition.”

In the attack on Monday evening, 12 were killed and 48 others were injured.

A man initially thought to have been the driver was arrested shortly after the incident, but was released on Tuesday due to insufficient evidence that he was connected to the attack. “The investigations thus far have not produced urgent suspicion against the suspect,” a statement from Germany’s general prosecutor said. That man was apparently seeking asylum from Pakistan.

Authorities said earlier Tuesday the suspect was still at large and they were hunting him down. “We do not know if there was one perpetrator or several perpetrators yet. We do not know if there was support give to the perpetrator,” Peter Frank, a general prosecutor at Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, told journalists earlier Tuesday.

German authorities had already said they were investigating the incident as a terror attack.