Bloody Christmas in Germany
At least nine people were killed and 50 others injured after a truck drove into a Christmas market in a public square in Berlin, according to police.
The incident holds obvious similarities to the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France this July, when a man drove a rented truck into a crowd, killing scores of people.
Rescue workers push a person on a stretcher in the area after a lorry truck ploughed through a Christmas market, Dec. 19, 2016, in Berlin.
"Just now a truck just drove over the sideway at #Breitscheidplatz. Our colleagues report injured people. More information here," Berlin police tweeted.
Berlin police said a suspect was arrested after the incident but did not specify whether this was the driver of the truck.
Police secures the area at the site of an accident at a Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz square near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue in the west of Berlin, Dec. 19, 2016.
A passenger in the truck died at the scene, police said.
Police said on Twitter that they suspect the truck was stolen in Poland from a building site.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price described the incident as an apparent "terrorist attack."
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and wounded dozens. We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of those killed, just as we wish a speedy recovery to all of those wounded. We also extend our heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Germany," the statement reads.
Price added that the U.S. has reached out to Germany in an effort to aid in the investigation.
"We have been in touch with German officials, and we stand ready to provide assistance as they recover from and investigate this horrific incident. Germany is one of our closest partners and strongest allies, and we stand together with Berlin in the fight against all those who target our way of life and threaten our societies," he said.
President-elect Donald Trump also released a statement about the incident, calling it "horrifying."
"Our hearts and prayers are with the loved ones of the victims of today's horrifying terror attack in Berlin. Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday," Trump said.
Trump went on to appear to tie the incident to ISIS.
"ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad. These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners," he concluded.