German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks out following terror attack in Berlin

In the wake of the terrorist attack carried out on Monday, at roughly 8PM local time in Berlin (that left 12 dead and 48 injured), German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken out about the tragic event that has left many German citizens (and the rest of the world) still in a state of shock. Germany has faced criticism in recent times for their welcoming of migrant refugees, and while the suspect is still unknown, in a speech following the attack, Merkel said that it would be “particularly repugnant” if the perpetrator turned out to be a refugee, but, at the same time, she also added that: "We will find the strength to continue living life as we want to live it in Germany - in freedom, openness and together."

Foreign leaders offer sympathy in the wake of Berlin terror attack

As reported by the U.K.'s Independent, Chancellor Merkel spoke to various world leaders on the phone, including those of France, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Poland, Sweden, and Spain (according to a German government spokesperson).

In light of yesterday's attack on the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, the heads of state and government expressed their heartfelt condolences," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

Foreign leaders have offered their support in this trying and difficult time. There has also been a call for European solidarity following the attack, and a global, cooperative effort to get to the bottom of things and catch those responsible.

After it was initially believed that German officials had the suspect in custody (a 23-year-old Pakistani asylum-seeker whom they called “Naveed B”), it was later revealed that the suspect they had in custody was not the perpetrator of the attack, and the man was later released after being held for 24 hours of questioning.

In the meantime, authorities have urged citizens to remain vigilant, and a hotline has been set up to report any suspicious sightings while the suspect is still on the loose.

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