Berlin attacker may be still at large

Twelve people were killed in the horrendous truck attack in Berlin, and another 48 injured, 18 of them severely.

While it looks like an Islam extremist related attack there’s some uncertainty. Police arrested a Pakistani asylum seeker but admit he may not be the attacker.

RNZ: German police say arrested man may not be Christmas market attacker

German authorities say they cannot be sure if a man in custody was behind the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people.

Police arrested a Pakistani asylum-seeker but have said he may not be the attacker and the real perpetrator could still be on the run.

The Pakistani man was captured in a park after reportedly fleeing the scene. He has denied involvement.

The 23-year-old arrived in Germany from Pakistan at the end of last year.

“According to my information it’s uncertain whether he was really the driver,” Police President Klaus Kandt told a news conference.

Berlin police tweeted that they were “particularly alert” because of the denial.

Die Welt newspaper quoted an unnamed police chief as saying: “We have the wrong man. And therefore a new situation. The true perpetrator is still armed, at large and can cause fresh damage.”

The truck belonged to a Polish freight company and its rightful driver was found dead in the vehicle. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said a pistol believed to have been used to kill him had not yet been found.

“We have to entertain the theory that the detainee might possibly not have been the perpetrator,” federal prosecutor Peter Frank told reporters.

The style of attack and the target suggested Islamic extremism, he said.

That’s an obvious assumption to make.

The attack makes things even more difficult for Angela Merkel, already having difficulty with the influx of refugees and asylum seekers into Germany.

Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters: “There is much we still do not know with sufficient certainty but we must, as things stand now, assume it was a terrorist attack.”

She added: “I know it would be especially hard for us all to bear if it were confirmed that the person who committed this act was someone who sought protection and asylum.”

The attack fuelled immediate demands for a change to Ms Merkel’s immigration policies, under which more than a million people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere have arrived in Germany this year and last.

“We must say that we are in a state of war, although some people, who always only want to see good, do not want to see this,” said Klaus Bouillon, interior minister of the state of Saarland and a member of Ms Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).

Horst Seehofer, leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, said: “We owe it to the victims, to those affected and to the whole population to rethink our immigration and security policy and to change it.”

It’s not going to be easy to change things quickly. There are already a large number of  immigrants in Germany, and Europe’s open borders make it easy for people intent on inflicting death and mayhem to move from country to country.

And when individuals or small numbers of Islamic terrorists launch successful attacks – and it’s impossible to prevent them completely – it raises tensions and makes things more difficult for the majority of Muslims who are not involved in extremist acts.

28 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  December 21, 2016

    ” While it looks like an Islam extremist related attack there’s some uncertainty.”

    Pete there is no uncertainty about it being an Islamist attack, reports here have already said that ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The only uncertainty is around who the driver was, not the motivation. It was an Islamist terrorist attack.

  2. Blazer

     /  December 21, 2016

    terrorist attacks……done in the best possible……taste!

  3. David

     /  December 21, 2016

    It could be a nightmare for Merkel if the islamist terrorist is still at large, much tidier to have suiciders. Last thing she wants is everyone looking twice at the million plus immigrants and having that doubt and fear linger with an election coming up in September as voters might just say buggar it I am voting to have them all deported and ticking AFD.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  December 21, 2016

      Dave, the last time the Germans tried mass deportations it turned to shit. They won’t try again. Hence they are basically toast. Just a question of how long the frog takes to boil

  4. Brown

     /  December 21, 2016

    “… refugees and asylum seekers …”

    When talking about this problem why use fours when one, Muslims, will do?

    Pete’s moderate Muslims will be appalled at this attack and in due course dob the offender in.

  5. Corky

     /  December 21, 2016

    ‘And when individuals or small numbers of Islamic terrorists launch successful attacks – and it’s impossible to prevent them completely – it raises tensions and makes things more difficult for the majority of Muslims who are not involved in extremist acts.’

    Sorry, Pete. As usual we part company here. We already have a good handle on what many Muslims think in private. They may not be involved in terrorist acts, but a decent percentage support such actions, either overtly or covertly. And they are a fugging ungrateful lot. A toxic blight on our culture in my opinion. Try reasoning with this prick who is not a terrorist…but whom can become one in the blink of an eye and kill your loved ones without a shred of empathy.

    • Corky

       /  December 21, 2016

      On second thoughts watching that, I believe vigilantism is the only answer to control people like him. To put it politely…he needs to be culled. That is morally and ethically acceptable because he has, in his own words, declared war and has stated quite plainly what will happen should he be removed from Sweden. He is an enemy of the state. An enemy of law abiding citizens.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 21, 2016

        How on earth does anyone know what all those people think in private ? Unless, of course, someone has psychic powers or has asked them all-neither of which is likely.

        I know some Syrians-they are horrible people. They are dishonest, hypocritical humbugs who make a great parade of their beliefs but (to say the least) don’t practice what they preach.. But they are supposedly Christian, not Muslim, and not converts, either. .

        Nothing would convince me that an entire country’s population is like this.

        • Corky

           /  December 21, 2016

          We have been through this before. No one has said an entire countries population is bad. We are talking percentages. And the percentages are quite clear. This is a balanced clip and reports the facts from a reputable front man. These finding have been mirrored in other studies. You are free to post your own findings instead of just stating your ‘opinion.’

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 21, 2016

    The attacker is certainly still at large since the police have released the man they arrested mistakenly.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 21, 2016

      There are still Nazi mass killers at large. I don’t hear anyone suggesting that all Germans are like that.

      • Corky

         /  December 21, 2016

        You are talking semantics. And yes, many folk do believe all Germans and Japs are like that.
        Please don’t muddy the waters with irrelevancies.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 21, 2016

          It’s not an irrelevancy. Why is it acceptable to believe it of one lot of people and not of another ?

          • Corky

             /  December 21, 2016

            Because everything has been done to bring Nazis to justice( apart from Project Paper Clip). We have objective proof and facts to state Islam is a threat to the West. By default all Muslims are suspect, even though some will be innocent. To be a good Muslim you must follow as best as possible the dictates of the Koran. That puts them offside with Western values. Sadly there is a term for innocent Muslims- ‘collateral damage.’ We should make no apologies. Nor should we take one step back. Enough liberal hand-wringing.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  December 21, 2016

        I don’t hear anyone suggesting that Nazi mass killers are likely to kill a bunch of innocent people now.

        • Brown

           /  December 21, 2016

          And Germany paid a huge price for being suckered into a war by a madman. German civilians did not escape the consequences.

        • Blazer

           /  December 21, 2016

          that particular task has been taken over by the U.S.Are you deaf,dumb and blind…or just plain…stupid?

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  December 21, 2016

            No, I’m not a Lefty. And I think Putin and Assad would be rightly offended by that downgrading of their best efforts.

            • Blazer

               /  December 21, 2016

              they seem to have the upperhand on the ISIS/U.S axis.

  7. This is going to get very messy and very bloody.

    And you do wonder if the Merkel aligned power base is allowing this stuff to happen hoping for a hard line on the street reprisal attack so they can wave the spectre of neo-nazism as a way to win the next federal election in Germany. Because right now she is in serious, serious trouble politically and in terms of re-election.

    The boned headed decision to welcome in a flood of “refugees” when it was known before the event and subsequently reported that ISIS would use the mass movement of “refugees” as a cover for their operatives, sits with Merkel and her stupid actions.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-europes-migrant-crisis-became-an-opportunity-for-isis/2016/04/21/ec8a7231-062d-4185-bb27-cc7295d35415_story.html?utm_term=.6cb18b27d7fd

    Mama Merkel is up to her eyeballs in blood… and all the posturing now “burqua bans” and laying wreaths is all a smokescreen for her and her parties culpability in exposing the Germany people to harm when it could have been easily avoided.

    The correct strategy and response to people flooding out of Syria was to work with Turkey and pay the Turks to house them close to their homes in Syria. Not import them into a foreign culture like Germany where the inevitable has happened. But no, the bleeding hearts swamped the media and weak leadership bowed to sentiment because a little boy unfortunately drown and was a front page story around the gullible Western world.

    • Blazer

       /  December 21, 2016

      why are Syrians fleeing their own country is the real question?

      • Gezza

         /  December 21, 2016

        Too many of their fellow muslims are killing each other & wrecking the place, and now the Western & Eastern Europeans have got in on the act as well.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  December 21, 2016

        Because they can. It was always a militaristic hell hole run by thugs, just like Iraq. Now it is a bomb crater as well.