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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Reacts to Christmas Market Attack in Germany

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(CNN) -- A man suspected of deliberately ramming a large truck into a Christmas market in Berlin is a refugee from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, two German intelligence officials and a police official told CNN. The sources said the suspect in Monday evening's attack, which killed 12 people and injured dozens more, arrived in Passau, a city on Germany's border with Austria, on December 31, 2015, after traveling through the Balkans. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that it would be "disgusting" if the suspect in the attack had been given asylum. "I know that it would be especially hard to bear for us if it was to be confirmed that a person (who) committed this act ... was given protection and asylum in Germany. This would be especially disgusting," she said at a press conference. "Now we assume that this is a terrorist attack," she said.

 

 
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