December 20, 2016 / 7:15 PM / a year ago

Perpetrator of Berlin truck attack probably still at large - minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Tuesday the perpetrator of the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market was probably still on the run and that a suspect arrested in connection with the crime was released due to lack of evidence.

Berlin mayor Michael Mueller, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere stand in silence at the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016, one day after a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“That’s why it is true that one cannot rule out that the perpetrator is still at large,” De Maiziere told ZDF television.

He added police had not just followed a single lead but multiple leads from the start, saying it remained beyond doubt that the truck incident was an attack, but that the motives remain unclear.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Caroline Copley

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