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Berlin terror attack: truck plows into Christmas Market

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:33 pm
by Peter1469
Berlin terror attack: truck plows into Christmas Market

This reminds me of Nice, France and the attack there. The article that I linked to appears to be updated regularly. Apparently there were two attackers in the truck. One was killed and the other captured. I suspect we will know about the suspect soon.

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A truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin on Monday evening, killing nine people and injuring up to 50 others.

According to local police, the first indications pointed to a terrorist attack on the market, situated at the foot of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church.

The incident evoked memories of an attack on Nice in France in July when Tunisian-born man drove a 19-tonne truck along the beach front, mowing down people who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people. The attack was claimed by Islamic State.

Re: Berlin terror attack: truck plows into Christmas Market

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:04 pm
by Tahuyaman
I used to live in an apartment just a couple of blocks from that market area. Berlin was the coolest city I have ever seen. It had incredible night life.

I did hear that the personality of the city changed dramatically after the wall went down.

Re: Berlin terror attack: truck plows into Christmas Market

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:47 pm
by Peter1469
I have not been to Berlin.

Re: Berlin terror attack: truck plows into Christmas Market

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:46 am
by Common
Seems its a terror attack and thats another nail in Merkels re election coffin. I hope they give her the boot
it will be a clean sweep in europe

Re: Berlin terror attack: truck plows into Christmas Market

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:36 am
by Peter1469
Common wrote:Seems its a terror attack and thats another nail in Merkels re election coffin. I hope they give her the boot
it will be a clean sweep in europe


Their parliamentary system is different. They are not voting for a specific chancellor. They vote for parties. Each party gets representation in their legislature based on the percent of votes they get. The party with the most power, whether alone or through a coalition government get to appoint the Chancellor. I expect Merkel's party is going to lose seats. The question is how many and whether it will be enough to another party, on the right, to get the most seats or create a coalition of right wing parties.

Re: Berlin terror attack: truck plows into Christmas Market

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:41 pm
by Archer
Peter1469 wrote:
Common wrote:Seems its a terror attack and thats another nail in Merkels re election coffin. I hope they give her the boot
it will be a clean sweep in europe


Their parliamentary system is different. They are not voting for a specific chancellor. They vote for parties. Each party gets representation in their legislature based on the percent of votes they get. The party with the most power, whether alone or through a coalition government get to appoint the Chancellor. I expect Merkel's party is going to lose seats. The question is how many and whether it will be enough to another party, on the right, to get the most seats or create a coalition of right wing parties.


What a novel idea! A republic where the regional representatives pick the leader. Kind of like they have electors or something. There was a country like that one time! Very powerful but it lost its way, left God out of things and started to implode from MOB rule where people were voting themselves a government payment all the time. I believe that country also originally allowed stakeholders a vote.

Re: Berlin terror attack: truck plows into Christmas Market

Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:10 am
by Peter1469
They got the Jihadist.

Berlin attack suspect shot dead in Italy, minister confirms

Good to hear the Italian police were armed.

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The Berlin attack suspect has been killed in a shootout with police in Milan.

Anis Amri, a 24-year-old Tunisian, hadĀ eluded capture since the attack on Monday that killed 12 people and injured another 48 in the German capital.

Italian interior minister Marco Minniti said during a news conference thatĀ the man killed in the shootout was identified as Amri "without a shadow of a doubt".

He was stopped near the train station in the northern Italian city at around 3am (2am UK time) on Friday.