BERLIN: After investigation German police affirmed that the lorry driver, who crashed a lorry into a Christmas market in Berlin, was not a Pakistani.
A senior policeman quoted in German newspaper Die Welt, stating, the police have arrested the wrong man.
“We have the wrong man. And thus a new situation. For the real culprit is still armed at large and can cause new damage,” the source told Die Welt.
According to earlier news, the suspect was identified as Naved B, a Pakistani refugee.
Thomas de Maiziere, German Interior Minister, said the apprehended suspect in linkedwith the Christmas market lorry attack was Pakistani and arrived in Germany in late 2015 for seeking asylum.
While, Tagesspiegel, another Berlin newspaper reported the attacker was either a Pakistani or Afghan.
The driver intentionally ploughed the lorry through a Christmas market in Berlin, killed 12 people and seriously injured 48 people in a terrorist attack.
The authorities are still to disclose the identity of the attacker, while it is certain the attack was intentional.
German police said the real criminal is on the loose; “Our investigators assume that the truck was deliberately steered into the crowd at the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz,” police said on Twitter.
“All police measures related to the suspected terrorist attack at Breitscheidplatz are progressing at full steam and with the necessary diligence,” said police.
According to some political experts, if the suspect was found out a refugee, it would affect the German Chancellor Angela Markel’s policy of giving shelter to refugees on the country’s soil.