Berlin authorities may have known that a Christmas market terror attack was being planned days before it took place, it has been reported.
A 23-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker named as Naved B, who entered the country under a false name, was arrested on suspecion of murdering 12 and injuring dozens by ploughing a lorry into crowds gathered outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church last night.
However, there are reports in Germany that police now believe he was not the perpetrator and that the true attacker is ‘still armed, at large and can cause fresh damage.’
According to security sources, authorities in the German capital had information in recent days about a possible attack against a Christmas market.
The claim was shared on Twitter by Clemens Wergin, the Washington bureau chief for the German newspaper Die Welt.
ISIS had, in recent weeks, had made renewed calls for disciples to carry out atrocities in Europe and German intelligence warned Berlin authorities recently that the city’s bustling markets – tourist magnets for foreigners – were vulnerable to attack.