In Germany, Berlin Truck Crash Spreads Waves of Fear

The leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-Europe shares in the grief of affected families

Twelve people are dead and at least 48 injured, some seriously, after a lorry plowed into a crowded Christmas market at an estimated 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour) in Berlin, Germany, on December 19. Police are searching for an identified suspect in what the government has called a "terrorist attack."

The violent truck assault on Berlin’s crowded Breitscheidplatz Christmas market had similarities to the attack on the Promenade des Angalis in Nice last summer, including the same type of semi-truck, the same speed of 40mph and the same mass of holiday revelers. In both cases, there were multiple deaths and many injured.

The scene in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 20, 2016, one day after a terrorist attack at a Christmas open-air market. Credit: Andreas Trojak/Wikimedia Commons

“In our minds and hearts is the loss and the grief of the people of Berlin, those who died, those who are still recovering, the families who’ve seen their loved ones harmed or killed," said the president of the Adventist Church in the Inter-European Region, Mario Brito.

He added, “We want to remind them that they are not alone. The Adventist people in Europe and all over the world stand with you, are thinking about you, and are praying for you. We firmly condemn these acts of terror. We cannot accept such disrespect towards human life and human dignity. We abhor such hideous violence. We pray that the Lord may bless us with serenity, concord and peace during this Christmas time.”

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