German authorities say manhunt for Berlin truck driver who killed 12 continues

Authorities in Berlin, Germany, say they believe the man they originally identified as the truck driver who plowed into a Christmas market, killing 12 people, is not the person who committed the attack. A manhunt for the driver is ongoing, according to Berlin police.

The BBC reported Tuesday morning the man initially detained, who has denied involvement, was a Pakistani refugee who was captured in a park after reportedly fleeing the scene.

The truck went through the Breitscheidplatz square, near west Berlin’s main shopping district, the Kurfuerstendamm, loaded with metal beams, veering into wooden huts and stands packed with people.

The attack is a suspected act of terrorism, according to the BBC and other media outlets.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of State issued a statement regarding the attack: “We are deeply saddened by today’s horrendous events at a Christmas market in Berlin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of those killed, and we hope for a speedy recovery for the many injured.

The United States stands firmly with the German people during this time of national sadness, and we offer any support they may require.