In a day that has already seen the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, there are now reports of two more incidents in Europe, one of which is being treated as a terrorist attack.
Reportedly, two people were killed and fifty injured [UPDATE: the death toll is now at nine, per the Guardian] today when a truck plowed into a crowd of Xmas shoppers in Berlin, Germany. The incident is being treated by police as an attack. According to the UK’s Guardian:
Local media reports suggested the vehicle ran into the market outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church on Monday evening. They said police at the scene had said initial indications pointed to an attack.
A photograph posted by the Morgenpost showed damaged tables and stalls, while footage posted online by the same outlet showed a truck on the scene and police officers investigating. The Berliner Zeitung said police also believed there to be multiple injuries.
The use of trucks and other large vehicles appears to be a consistent trend in terrorist attacks lately. A similar M.O. was used by the Islamic State-inspired student who attacked Ohio State University last month, as well as the similarly-inspired Bastille Day attack in Nice, France that killed 80 people.
If that wasn’t enough, in Zurich, Switzerland, three people were shot outside an Islamic Prayer Center. No reports of fatalities or motive at this point, per the BBC.
Swiss reports said the three wounded were all adults who had been found in Eisgasse, a small street where an Islamic centre is based.
There was no indication who carried out the shooting but local media said the attacker had fled the scene.
More news on both of these stories as it breaks….