December 19, 2016 / 10:40 PM / a year ago

Truck crash in Berlin could be accident or attack - official

BERLIN (Reuters) - The circumstances of Monday’s deadly truck crash at a Christmas market in Berlin is still unclear, a senior German official said, dismissing as speculation reports that the lorry could have been hijacked by militants.

A German police officer looks into a truck at a Berlin Christmas market following an accident with the truck on Breitscheidplatz square near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue in the west of Berlin, Germany, December 19, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Mang

“The sequence of events point to either an accident or an attack,” Berlin State Interior Minister Andreas Geisel said.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement it was still unclear exactly what had happened. Security officials are trying to secure the site and find those responsible, he said.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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