German minister: ‘We are in a state of war!’

Leo Hohmann – December 20, 2016

At least 12 people have been killed and 48 injured after a large truck rammed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin and a state official acknowledged Tuesday that Germany is “in a state of war” without naming the enemy.

According to a report in the German newspaper Die Welt, translated with computer assistance by the Washington Times, the suspect is a newly-arrived Pakistani refugee.

Der Tagesspiegel, another Berlin daily paper, reported that the man was Pakistani, had arrived in Germany in February and was living in refugee housing.

Der Tagesspiegel reported that the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Naved B,  was known to police for multiple minor offenses, was found to be in possession of fake IDs, but had not made the radar of Germany’s anti-terror watch list. The DPA press agency reported that the suspect used multiple names, making it difficult for authorities to confirm his actual identity.

So confusing was the suspect’s true identity that later Tuesday the German government expressed doubt that they had the right man. Some reports quoted a senior German police chief saying “We have the wrong man” and the real killer is believed still on the loose.