Monday 16 September 2019

German police storm refugee centre in airport hangar, say reports

A fire fighter stands beside the truck which ploughed last night into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
A fire fighter stands beside the truck which ploughed last night into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
Fire fighters stand beside the truck which ploughed last night into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
The damaged windscreen of the truck which ploughed last night into a crowded Christmas market is pictured in the German capital Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
The smashed window of the cabin of a truck which ran into a crowded Christmas market Monday evening killing several people Monday evening is seen in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

German police special forces have stormed a hangar at Berlin's defunct Tempelhof airport, which now houses a refugee accommodation centre, according to German magazine Focus.

A truck ploughed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others.

Police have said they suspect the incident was a terrorist attack.

The suspect, believed to be the driver, was picked up about 1.5 miles away, near the Victory Column monument. He was being interrogated overnight.

A number of German media outlets are reporting that the arrested man is a 23-year-old refugee who is originally from Pakistan.

He was detained approximately 2km from the scene and is currently being interrogated by investigators.

He is understood to have arrived in Germany in February of this year through the Balkans and is known to authorities for a number of minor offences.

The body of a Polish national was also discovered in the passenger seat of the truck used in the terror attack.

The truck was registered in Poland, and police initially said it was believed to be stolen from a building site there.

The Polish owner of the truck said he feared the vehicle, driven by his cousin, may have been hijacked.

Ariel Zurawski said he last spoke with the driver around noon, and the driver told him he was in Berlin and scheduled to unload on Tuesday morning.

"They must have done something to my driver," he told TVN24.

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