WORLD

World Declares #IchBinEinBerliner In Solidarity Following German Lorry Attack

20/12/2016 7:52 PM AEDT | Updated 20/12/2016 9:28 PM AEDT
Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters
A candle is burning on a German national flag near the site where a truck ploughed through a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz square near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue in the west of Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2016 REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

As Germans come to terms with the aftermath of a suspected terror attack on their capital city, messages of solidarity and support have been sent from around the world.

Officials are trying to piece together precisely what happened on Monday evening, when a lorry was driven into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz square, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 48.

But social media users have been sending message of love and support using the hashtag #IchBinEinBerliner, meaning “I am a Berliner”, a reference to John F Kennedy’s famous 1963 speech offering American solidarity to West Germans before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Many used Twitter to share messages...

Others posted images on Instagram alongside the hashtag...

#Berlin #attentat #berliner #iamaberliner #ichbineinberliner😭🇩🇪 #ichbineinberliner

A photo posted by Athos & François 🇫🇷 (@athos_de_beaumanoir) on

Ohne Worte... #prayforberlin #Berlin #berlin❤ #ichbineinberliner

A photo posted by Xenia Stjepanovic (@jennifer_xenia) on

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: “My thoughts and condolences are withe the people of Germany following tonight’s terrible tragedy in Berlin, leaving so many dead and injured.”

Meanwhile US president-elect Donald Trump tweeted his own message:

In contrast, Brendan Cox, husband of murdered British MP Jo Cox, tweeted messages of hope...

Investigations at the scene are continuing. Police said the truck was driven into the busy part of the German capital intentionally. 

The lorry struck the popular Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church late Monday as tourists and locals were enjoying a traditional pre-Christmas evening out near Berlin’s Zoo station.

The driver was reportedly arrested nearby, while a passenger is believed to have died.

Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters
The scene of the attack the morning after

Berlin police said on Twitter: “Our investigators are working on the assumption that the truck was intentionally driven into the crowd at the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz.

“All police measures concerning the suspected terror attack at Breitscheidplatz are being taken with great speed and the necessary care.” 

More On This Topic