German firefighting press spokesman Sven Gerling says rescuers were shocked when they arrived on the scene where a truck ploughed through a holiday market, killing nine. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A spokesman for the Berlin fire department said on Monday (December 19) that the scene where a truck attack killed nine people had been shocking. Earlier on Monday evening a truck veered into a Christmas market at what would have been one of the most crowded times, with adults and children gathering in the traditional cluster of wooden huts that sell food and Christmas goods in an annual celebration replicated across Germany and much of Central Europe. The attack killed nine people and injured up to 50 others, police said, in what appeared to be one of the deadliest attacks in Germany in decades. "There are nine people killed so far, but we took many severe injured to hospitals. We of course hope that they all survive, but we can't really say anything about that," Sven Gerling, spokesman for the fire department, told Reuters at the site, packed with police cars and ambulances. "The whole atmosphere was shocking, even for our own people. For them it was also very hard. They arrived at a place where everyone needed help. But in the initial phase when we had few people there it was impossible to help everyone immediately," he added. The incident evoked memories of an attack in Nice, France in July when a Tunisian-born man drove a 19-tonne truck along the beach front, mowing down people who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people. That attack was claimed by Islamic State. Police at the scene told media that the crash appeared to be a deliberate act.