World leaders, including Putin condemn Berlin attack

| Updated: Dec 20, 2016 22:30 IST

London [UK], Dec. 20 (ANI): World leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday expressed their horror at the Berlin Christmas market attack. Putin said, "This crime against peaceful civilians is shocking in its savage cynicism," reports the Guardian. Earlier in the day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that authorities believe that the Berlin Christmas market assault was a "terrorist" attack likely committed by an asylum seeker. "According to what we know, we have to assume this was a terrorist attack. I know it will be especially hard for us to take if it is confirmed that the person who committed this attack sought protection and asylum in Germany," Merkel told reporters. As per the recent reports in the German media, a man arrested under suspicion of ploughing a 7-tonne truck through a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12, has been named as Naved B, a 23-year-old asylum seeker of Pakistani origin. However, there is no official confirmation about the same. (ANI)