German Police Free First Suspect in Berlin Truck Attack
German police have released a man they arrested shortly after a deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.
Officials said there was not enough evidence to link the suspect to the attack Monday that killed 12 people and injured nearly 50.
The truck crashed into the holiday market and continued for about 60 meters before coming to a stop. Witnesses said they saw a man fleeing from the truck after the attack.
Police said the suspect matched descriptions of the man running away. But they said earlier Tuesday they were not sure if the man arrested was actually the attacker.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the suspect was a Pakistani citizen. He entered Germany as a migrant on December 31 last year and arrived in Berlin in February.
The head of Germany's Federal Criminal Police force said the man denied involvement in the attack. Officials said they were working with "limited" evidence.
Police said they had not yet found a weapon believed to have been used to kill the driver of the truck before it was stolen. The owner of the truck said he believed the vehicle may have been hijacked. The Polish driver of the truck was found dead in the vehicle's passenger seat.
German officials said the investigation is ongoing and have warned the public that the suspect has not been caught. They urged people to watch out for and report suspicious movements or behavior.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said officials have to assume that Monday's truck attack on the Christmas market was an "act of terrorism."
Interior Minister de Maiziere also said there was "no doubt" the driver intentionally hit the popular market.
Merkel and other senior German officials went to the area of the attack Tuesday. They spoke with police officers at the market and left flowers to honor the victims. Later, Merkel and German President Joachim Gauck also attended a memorial service at the church nearby.
On Tuesday, the terror group Islamic State said the person who carried out the attack did so "in response to calls" for violence targeting citizens of what it called "Crusader" nations.
The attack came less than a month after the U.S. State Department warned that extremist groups - including Islamic State and al-Qaida - might carry out holiday attacks in Europe. IS and al-Qaida have both called on followers to use trucks to attack crowds.
Monday's truck attack was similar to one that took place on July 14 in southern France. In that case, a truck crashed into a celebration in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people on France's Bastille Day holiday.
IS claimed responsibility for that attack, which was carried out by a Tunisian national living in France.
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4.carried out 实施
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卡车冲进假日市场后前行了60多米才停下 。目击民众表示，袭击发生后嫌犯弃车逃跑 。
警方说，被捕嫌疑人与逃跑司机特征相符 。但周二早些时候又称，尚不确定被捕嫌犯是否为制造卡车袭击嫌犯 。
内政部长托马斯·德·梅齐埃（Thomas de Maiziere）表示，嫌疑人为巴基斯坦人 。去年12月31日移民德国，今年2月抵达柏林 。
德国联邦刑警部队负责人表示，此人否认参与此次袭击 。官员说，目前调查证据不足 。
警方还表示，尚未发现杀害卡车被偷前的驾驶司机的凶器 。卡车车主曾表示车辆可能遭到劫持 。曾驾驶卡车的波兰司机陈尸在卡车的后排座椅上 。
德国官员称调查已经展开，并警告民众嫌犯仍未抓捕归案 。警方希望民众关注并提供可疑的线索 。
德国总理安格拉·默克尔（Angela Merkel）表示，调查人员须将周一的卡车袭击圣诞市场一案纳入“恐怖主义行为”的范畴 。
内政部长德·梅齐埃（de Maiziere）也表示，毫无疑问，司机是故意袭击热闹的市场 。
周二，默克尔与其他高级官员前往事故地点吊唁 。他们在市场与执勤警察交谈，并向遇难者献花 。之后，默克尔和德国总统约阿希姆·高克（Joachim Gauck）也出席了附近教堂的纪念仪式 。
本次袭击距上次美国务院发出“极端组织‘伊斯兰国’及其他基地组织或趁假日在欧洲发动恐怖袭击”的警告只有不到一个月的时间 。“伊斯兰国”和基地组织都鼓励追随者用卡车发动袭击 。
周一的卡车袭击与7月14日发生在法国南部的卡车袭击惊人地相似 。事发当天，法国尼斯市正举办国庆庆祝活动，一辆卡车冲进去造成86人死亡 。