December 20, 2016 / 6:42 PM / a year ago

European leaders express condolences after Berlin attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday spoke to the leaders of France, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Poland, Sweden and Spain on the phone about the deadly attack on a Berlin Christmas market, a German government spokesman said.

German Chancellor President Joachim Gauck signs a book of condolence during a service at Memorial church (Gedaechtniskirche) in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016, to commemorate the 12 killed victims of a truck that ploughed into a crowded Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin. REUTERS/Michael Kappeler/Pool

“In light of the victims of yesterday’s attack on the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, the heads of state and government expressed their heartfelt condolences,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

The foreign leaders assured their countries’ support in helping to clarify the circumstances of the crime and they emphasised the need for European solidarity in the “fight against terrorism”, he added.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Caroline Copley

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