Germany’s chancellor says she’s not sure if the attack in Berlin on Thursday was a terrorist attack or not.
Key points:The German president, Angela Merkel, says she doesn’t know if the Berlin attack was a terror attack or a mistakeThe attacks have renewed calls for the U.S. to do more to protect its citizensThe city’s transport minister says the airport was “an absolute disaster”German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the Berlin attacks were a “very strange day” and urged Americans to be vigilant.
“We are living in the 21st century,” she said in a press conference with her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.
“It was difficult to get a clear picture about the nature of the attack and what was going on.
But I do know that this was not a terrorist act.”
Ms Merkel said that while the attacks were an “attack on our society, not only on the country, but on the whole world”, she had no evidence the attacks could be linked to terrorism.
“The perpetrators of this act are not known,” she added.
Ms Merkel told reporters in Berlin that she did not know what had happened.
“I don’t know, we don’t really know yet,” she told reporters.
“But I am sure that the president, I mean he, is looking into it.”
She said that she was speaking in the context of the “dangerous environment” the attacks in Berlin had created.
“What’s happening now is very dangerous, not just in Berlin, but everywhere,” she continued.
“This is an absolute disaster.””
German officials have been urging the U,S. “
This is an absolute disaster.”
German officials have been urging the U,S.
and other Western countries to ramp up security measures and work with the EU to establish a safe zone around the city of 30 million people.
Mr Macron said on Wednesday that he was “saddened” by the attacks, which have renewed demands for the world to do even more to secure its borders.
“Germany is one of the safest places in the world,” he said.
“Every day we are reminded of the need for us to do everything possible to prevent terrorist attacks.”
The attack in Germany was the worst terror attack on German soil since the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington DC.
It left 12 dead and dozens injured.