December 23, 2019
Police have evacuated a Christmas market in Berlin that was targeted in a deadly attack three years ago in what turned out to be a false alarm involving an apparent case of mistaken identity.
Berlin police tweeted on Saturday evening that they were evacuating hundreds of people from the market on the Breitscheidplatz square due to indications of a ‘dangerous item’.
Two men from Syria were arrested, according to local media reports earlier today.
German newspaper Bild reported police were with two ‘Islamist perpetrators’ who it said had experience with explosives.
But officers later said two men had attracted officers’ attention because of their behaviour but were not arrested.
In 2016 Tunisian Anis Amri ploughed a truck into the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, killing 12 people.
One of the two suspects had been living in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Initial suspicions there was an arrest warrant for the other, which arose because his name apparently was similar to someone on a wanted list, turned out to be unfounded.
There were no arrests, but police said they decided to act because of the location’s history.
This article was posted: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 6:36 am