Almost exactly three years ago, an Islamic terrorist drove a truck into the crowd at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in Berlin, killing twelve people and wounding dozens more.
Earlier this evening a false alarm caused the evacuation of hundreds of people from the same Christmas market. Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
The accompanying article from Bild, also translated by MissPiggy:
Three Years After the Terrorist Attack in Berlin:
Police evacuate Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz
- Two men arrested
- Concert in Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche stopped
- Regional train traffic stopped at nearby Zoologischer Garten
by Peter Rossberg
Fears of new terror in Berlin! Berlin police evacuated the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz on Saturday evening — apparently because of the strong suspicion of a new terrorist attack.
According to information in the newspaper BILD, two Islamist perpetrators were arrested. One of the two persons is said to come from North Rhine-Westphalia. The second suspect is to be sought in the USA with warrant for his arrest for offences with explosives. Both are apparently being listed as potential attackers (note: explosives). The arrested persons are said to be Syrians.
After the Christmas market was cleared, an event in the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was also brought to an end. Here the Bach Choir had just performed the traditional Christmas Oratorio. The police reported that all visitors had left the Christmas market “calmly and sensibly”. The area is currently being searched.
A concert visitor told BILD: “Some of them were just putting on their coats. We just drank a mulled wine and stood on Tauentzienstraße, where they started to clear the area and were directing people towards Hardenbergstraße.”
As part of the police investigation, train traffic at the nearby Zoologischer Garten station was also suspended. The stop at this station will be cancelled until further notice — this applies to the S-Bahn lines S3, S5 and S7.
On December 19, 2016, the Islamist assassin Anis Amri committed an attack on this very Christmas market, and crashed into the visitors to the market with a hijacked truck. Twelve people died in the attack.
|00:06||False Alarm at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market|
|00:10||Saturday evening the Christmas market and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church were evacuated.|
|00:18||According to information received by The BILD, there have been two arrests.|
|00:22||Initially there were references to a suspicious object,|
|00:26||but later in the evening the police gave the all-clear.|
|00:31||There had been a error in the name-matching of one of the men.|
|00:37||The suspicion that one of the men had an open arrest warrant was not confirmed.