UPDATE @ 9.00am: A man is in police custody in Berlin after a truck ploughed through a busy Christmas market, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens.
The man, believed to be the driver of the truck, fled the scene but was taken in to custody a few kilometres from the market shortly afterwards.
Another passenger in the truck died at the scene.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
The identity and nationality of those in the vehicle is yet to be released.
It’s understood the truck belongs to a Polish trucking company, who have confirmed they had not been able to get in contact with the driver for a number of hours before the incident.
There are some reports the truck may have been hijacked during the day, although that is yet to be confirmed.
A government spokesman said Chancellor Angela Merkel was being briefed by her interior minister and the Berlin mayor on the situation and she was mourning those killed.
“We are mourning the dead and hope the many people injured can get help,” Steffen Seibert said on Twitter.
UPDATE @ 6.45am: The driver of the truck that ploughed through a busy Christmas market in the German capital of Berlin has reportedly been arrested.
Nine people are dead at 50 others are injured after the incident.
Police at the scene said first indications pointed to an attack.
UPDATE @ 06.20AM: BERLIN Police have confirmed at least nine people have died and 50 others have been injured after a truck crashed through a busy Christmas market in Berlin.
Thousands of people attend the local markets every year.
German media said police on the ground were saying first indications were that the incident was an attack.
Witnesses say they saw the truck coming at around 60km/hr and claim it showed no signs of slowing down.
EARLIER @ 5.50AM: At least one person is reportedly dead after a truck has ploughed into a crowd at a Christmas market in the German capital Berlin.
Several others are believed to have been injured in the incident.
— Emma Rushton (@ERushton) December 19, 2016
LKW rast in Menschenmenge. Schwerverletzte und Tote. Unfassbar! Bestürzend! pic.twitter.com/GolBFy6bcw
— Gregor Wodarz (@WodarzG) December 19, 2016
No other details were immediately available about the incident, which occurred near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue in the west of the city.
It remains unclear at this stage whether the act was deliberate or an accident.
MORE TO COME.