Truck van rams Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, killing at least 9 people

A truck rammed into a Christmas market in a major public square, Breitscheidplatz, in Berlin, killing nine people and injuring at least 50 others today, December 19. Authorities are investigating this crash as an act of terrorism.

Advice For Travellers

On November 25 and December 5, 2016, there were attempted attacks at Christmas markets in Germany despite tightened security at some locations.

Be vigilant and alert in your surroundings. The U.S. Department of State issued a statement in late November warning of the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. Be particularly cautious and alert at holiday festivals and events, outdoor markets, and any other venue where tourists or Westerners may congregate.