5th anniversary of Berlin Christmas Market terrorist attack Scholz: “The state must protect its citizens”
On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the truck terrorism of followers of the Islamic State (IS) extremist terrorist organization that took place at a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, Germany, 13 people visited the scene to commemorate the victims.
The square, which was the site of the 2016 terrorist attack, was classified as a safe zone from noon on the 19th and strict security was implemented.
Citizens, accompanied by police, lit flowers and candles at a monument installed to commemorate the victims on the steps in front of the Church of Emperor Wilhelm next to the square.
At 8:02 p.m., the time of the terrorist attack, the church bell in memory of the victims rang 13 times.
Earlier, at 6:45 pm, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Berlin Mayor Michael Müller attended, and religious leaders from all walks of life gathered for a memorial service.
Afterwards, silence will be held at the monument in front of the church.
Martin Germer, the pastor of the Wilhelm Memorial Church, reads the names of the 13 victims, followed by remarks from their families.
Tunisian terrorist Anis Amri drove a stolen 19 ton truck into the Christmas market on Brightish Square at around 8pm on December 19, 2016.
The man who killed 12 people and injured 100 others in a frantic run that hit the crowds enjoying the Christmas market was shot and killed four days later in Milan, Italy, while resisting a police checkpoint while fleeing across European borders, including Belgium and France.
The IS-run Amac channel later released a two-and-a-half-minute video of Amri swearing allegiance to the ISIS leader in the fall.
A rescue worker injured while carrying out rescue operations died on October 26, bringing the total number of victims to 13.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, recalling the 13 victims, the wounded and their families on social media, said: “The state must be defensive and protect its citizens.”
“It’s a horrific event that is deeply engraved in the memory of our community,” he said.