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Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters

At least 12 people have been killed and several injured after a truck drove into a Christmas market in western Berlin in a suspected terrorist attack.

12:48 GMT

“The temporarily-arrested suspect denies the offence. Therefore we are particularly alert. Please be also alert,” the Berlin Police tweeted.

  • 12:44 GMT

    The president of the Berlin police said it is yet not clear if the arrested man was the truck driver, Reuters reported.

    “As far as I know, it is in fact uncertain whether that really was the driver,” said Berlin police chief Klaus Kandt.

    12:39 GMT

    Berlin’s police president said that the capital will significantly beef up security in the coming days, adding that this will include erecting barriers, Reuters reported.

    12:38 GMT

    Berlin police have detained the “wrong man,” and the truck attacker is still armed and at large, Die Welt newspaper has reported.

    “We have the wrong man, and therefore a new situation,” said a senior police chief, adding “the true perpetrator is still armed, at large, and can cause fresh damage.”

    12:29 GMT

    The Pakistani suspect arrested following the truck attack in the German capital reportedly had no involvement in the crime. The actual perpetrator is armed and still at large, Die Welt reports, citing high-ranking security sources.

    11:35 GMT

  • 11:27 GMT

    The 23-year-old suspect reportedly denies the crime and “is questioning everything,” DPA news agency reported, citing security sources. He was earlier handed over to the Office of the Prosecutor General, who will now be in charge of investigation.

    10:45 GMT

    Terrorism has a new “high level of threat” in France, French President Francois Hollande said, as cited by AFP.

    10:39 GMT

    The interior minister of the western German region of Saarland, Klaus Boillon, told broadcaster SR that “We must say that we are in a state of war, although some people, who always only want to see good, do not want to see this.”

    He added that security forces dealing with terrorist threats must be given “heavy weaponry,” including assault rifles and submachine guns.

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