- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

President Obama has offered America’s condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin that killed at least 12 people.

Mr. Obama spoke by phone with Mrs. Merkel Monday night, expressing condolences for ‘the horrific apparent terrorist attack,” the White House said.

“The president reiterated the U.S. offer of assistance and underscored that no attack could sway our determination—and that of our German allies—to defeat terrorism in all of its forms,” the statement said. “The president expressed his appreciation for Chancellor Merkel’s steadfast leadership in our shared efforts to root out the scourge of terrorism and defend our way of life.”

Dozens of others were seriously injured when a man drove a tractor-trailer through the crowded market in a small square Monday. German authorities took into custody a 23-year-old man who is said to be from Pakistan, but there are unanswered questions about his alleged involvement.

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