Berlin attack: Suspect named as 23-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan

Watch | Shocking aftermath of Berlin christmas market ploughed by lorry


  • 12 dead and 48 injured, some severely, at Berlin market
  • Police believe “likely terrorist incident”
  • Suspect arrested, man thought to be original driver found dead
  • Attack occurred at Breitscheidplatz, outside the landmark  Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
  • Everything we know so far

A man arrested under suspicion of ploughing a 7-tonne truck through a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12, has been named in German media reports as Naved B, a 23-year-old asylum seeker of Pakistani origin.

No official confirmation has been provided at this time.

The suspect was picked up about 2 kilometers (1½ miles) away from the scene of the attack in which 12 were, near the Victory Column monument.


Berlin’s public radio station RBB-Inforadio reported that the suspect was a Pakistani citizen who entered Germany on Dec. 31, 2015, citing an unnamed security source.

This partly concurred with those in other German media.


1 reply

  1. This is so sickening. How have they not even caught the perpetrator yet? How exactly do you drive a massive lorry in to a bunch of people and get away with it? Insane. My thoughts and prayers are with all those lost and affected. The truck was owned by a hook-nose while an innocent Muslim was wrongfully and promptly blamed for the crime he did not commit. 9/11 comes to mind. No need to complain because you are the ones who have destabilised the Arab world and now you are having a taste of your own medicine. Police saying now the Pakistani guy is innocent. They arrested the wrong person! “”Every thing we know”” but sad the German authorities don’t know the attacker identity and yet restrained an innocent for hours.!!!

    We know exactly nothing about the perpetrator. There are serious doubts that the arrested Pakistani is the perpetrator. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack and police and investigative services are investigating in ALL directions and there are currently no clear clues whether this was indeed an Islamic attack or not. So can we keep the Islamophobia out of here, please? I’m asking as someone who was born and raised in Berlin and who is currently living there. I am sick and tired of right-wing nutters always creeping out of their holes and trying to make diverse and open cities into symbols for their propaganda. #MyCityIsNotYourSymbol

    Leave them alone, get out of their countries, stop meddling into their political affairs, stop supporting their enemies, stop sucking up their resources, and they will stop retaliating. Simple really.

    The dehumanisation of every other culture except our own has to stop humanity has learnt nothing. It is one planet and we are one people. Peace and love to you. If Muslims were ‘slaughtering’ each other ‘on a massive scale for a millennia’ wouldn’t Islam be extinct by now? Instead it’s the fastest growing religion.

    I am a Muslim from Pakistan, living in London since 1967 with my 13 grand children. I just want to tell the German people that you have my prayers, love, solidarity and support. You are wonderfully generous people who did not deserve to go through such trauma AT ALL.

    And to all the people hating on Muslims.. Can I just remind you that in THIS month alone terrorist attacks have hit Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, Egypt, Malaysia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Yemen, Jordan, Bangladesh and West Bank: ALL Muslim countries. But you probably didn’t hear about them because the media tries to hide the fact that Muslims are the BIGGEST victims of ‘Islamic’ terrorism.

    Have you read the Wikileaks and the war crimes by USA and the west. They are not leaks by Muslims. In that it suggest war crimes by the USA and its allies. Now imagine if west didn’t kill millions of people for oil it’s not a secret anymore they have even apologised for Iraq. Funding isis in Syria, Gitmo, Palestine, by killing millions of innocent people don’t you think some will seek revenge? I don’t condone terrorism but I can see why they do it

    Please know that we are in the fight against terror, together.

    – Peace, love and blessings be upon you all.

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