12 died in terrorist attack at outdoor Christmas market in Berlin

A truck plowed through a busy Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, Monday, killing at least 12 people and injuring scores of others, according to multiple news sources.

Officials are investigating the crash as an act of terrorism, according to a German intelligence official familiar with the matter.

The market is at Breitscheidplatz close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in Berlin’s west side.

The Berlin police tweeted, "A truck just ran over a sidewalk at #Breitscheidplatz Our colleague report multiple injuries.”

One witness Emma Rushton tweeted: "People crushed. I am safe. I am safe."

Video showed the vehicle was a tractor-trailer.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson called reports of the incident "devastating." Emerson added that the embassy in Berlin was closely monitoring updates from German authorities and was ready to assist any American citizens searching for news of their loved ones.

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