Nine people have been killed and at least 50 injured after a lorry ploughed into a busy German Christmas market.
Police believe it was a deliberate attack at the market in Breitscheidplatz in the heart of Berlin.
Video emerging from the scene shows stalls knocked over and people lying injured on the ground.
The vehicle, a large black Scania articulated lorry, was driven into the night market from the direction of Budapester Strasse and came to a halt by a Christmas tree at the heart of the market.
The market was being held close to Berlin Zoo in one of the most popular tourist areas in the region.
The lorry driver is believed to have been taken into police custody and the passenger is reported to have died at the scene.
Truck that burst into side of Christmas market at Breitscheidtplatz, in front of Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church pic.twitter.com/bbXEcrUJAv
— Philip Oltermann (@philipoltermann) December 19, 2016
The market was being held at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church and eyewitnesses have descrbed the attack as ‘gruesome.’
Jan Hollitzer, deputy editor in chief of Berliner Morgenpost, told CNN: “I heard a big noise and saw much chaos… many injured people. It was really traumatic.”
An information point for relatives waiting for news about missing loved ones has been set up by police at the scene.
Christmas market visitor Emma Rushton tweeted a message to loved ones saying that she was safe but reporting that many had been injured.
— Emma Rushton (@ERushton) December 19, 2016