Merkel Christmas market carnage was 'terrorist act' likely by asylum seeker

"According to what we know, we have to assume this was a terrorist attack," Merkel, visibly moved and dressed in black, told reporters.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference in Berlin on December 20, 2016 play

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference in Berlin on December 20, 2016

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that authorities believe a deadly rampage by a lorry driver at a Berlin Christmas market was a "terrorist" attack likely committed by an asylum seeker.

"According to what we know, we have to assume this was a terrorist attack," Merkel, visibly moved and dressed in black, told reporters.

"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."

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