A truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin on Monday evening (December 19), killing nine people and injuring up to 50 others, police said.
The incident took place at the market, situated at the foot of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church, which was kept as a bombed-out ruin after World War Two.
The truck careered into the Berlin market at what would have been one of the most crowded times for the Christmas market, when adults and children would be gathering in the traditional cluster of wooden huts that sell food and Christmas goods.
A huge security operation has been put in place at the site of the incident.
The incident evoked memories of an attack in France in July when 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. The attack was claimed by Islamic State but authorities have not yet confirmed anything.