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Dashcam video shows truck rushing towards Berlin Christmas market

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 00:50

Dashcam video obtained exclusively by Reuters shows a truck rushing towards a Berlin Christmas market, in an attack that killed 12 people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE - THIS EDIT CONTAINS USER GENERATED CONTENT. IT HAS BEEN CHECKED BY REUTERS' SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM AND REVIEWED BY A SENIOR EDITOR. REUTERS IS CONFIDENT THE EVENTS PORTRAYED ARE GENUINE. ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A video clip from a car-mounted dashcam appears to show the moment when a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday (December 19). The video, obtained exclusively by Reuters, was taken by a taxi driver who was waiting for customers outside the Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church. Fingerprints from a Tunisian suspect have been found inside the truck from the attack that killed 12 people, and investigators assume the migrant was at the wheel, officials said. A hunt is under way across Europe for Anis Amri, 24, as Germany reels from its worst attack in decades. "We can report today that we have new information that the suspect is with high probability really the perpetrator," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters on Thursday (December 22). "In the cab, in the driving cabin, fingerprints were found and there is additional evidence that supports this," he said. Frauke Koehler, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office, told reporters: "At this point in the investigation, we assume Anis Amri drove the truck." Police had carried out searches across Germany on Thursday but made no arrests, she said. Chancellor Angela Merkel, facing demands to take a much tougher line on immigration and security, said she hoped the perpetrator would be arrested soon. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which the truck mowed through a crowd of people and bulldozed wooden huts selling Christmas gifts and snacks beside a famous church in west Berlin. One of the 12 dead was the Polish driver from whom the truck had been hijacked. His body, stabbed and shot, was found in the cab. Amri had been identified by security agencies as a potential threat and rejected for asylum, but authorities had not managed to deport him because of missing identity documents. In Tunisia, two of Amri's brothers, Walid and Abdelkader, said they feared the failed asylum-seeker may have been radicalised by radical Islamists while he spent almost four years behind bars in Italy.

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Dashcam video shows truck rushing towards Berlin Christmas market

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 00:50