Xmas market attacker a 'Pakistani', says German interior minister

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Tuesday stated the suspect of the Xmas market assault is a Pakistani who had arrived in Germany in search of asylum.

Government arrested the suspect about 2 kilometers (1 miles) from the crash web site on suspicion of getting been on the wheel of the truck.

The suspect, then again, has denied involvement within the assault, the interior minister stated.

“He denies the act,” de Maiziere advised newshounds, including that the suspect is Pakistani and had arrived in Germany on December 31, 2015, in quest of asylum.

His request used to be nonetheless pending, the minister stated, including that Monday’s bloodshed had thus far now not been claimed by way of the militant Islamic State workforce or some other militant team.

De Maiziere stated on the other hand: “We don’t have any doubt that this horrible tournament used to be an assault.”

Twelve other folks have been killed within the attack at a buying groceries district well-liked by vacationers, and 48 other folks injured, together with 18 who’re critically wounded.

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