Lorry Drives Through Christmas Market In Berlin

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On Monday, the unthinkable happened for shoppers at a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. A semitruck ran off the road and plowed into the crowd.

According to NBC News:

The incident happened at Breitscheidplatz, a public square in the center of Berlin. The driver's nationality wasn't known, but police said his truck appeared to have Polish license plates.

The driver attempted to flee but was apprehended by police, they added.

A passenger in the truck was among those killed, police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said on German TV. The passenger died at the scene, Berlin police said in a post on Twitter. It immediately wasn't clear how the passenger died, or the relationship to the driver.

At this time, at least nine are reported dead and over 50 are injured.

Here's what the truck looks like in the aftermath:

A few videos have surfaced, too:

Disclaimer: The next video is graphic and may upset some viewers:

The BBC reported just how far the truck made it through the marketplace before stopping:

According to the DPA news agency, police believe the lorry drove 50-80 metres (54-87 yards) through the market area during the incident, which occurred at 20:14 local time (19:14 GMT).

According to CNN, the incident is being investigated as an act of terrorism:

And now it appears ISIS has taken credit for the attack.

Last summer, a terrorist plowed a semitruck into a crowd on Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing 84.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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