UPDATE: Death toll now at 12 from truck crash in Berlin

By: The Associated Press


BERLIN, Germany, –   Berlin police have raised the death toll to 12 after a truck rammed into a Christmas market in the German capital.        

The police statement on Twitter also says 48 people were injured, some of them seriously, and taken to hospitals.        

Authorities had previously said that at least nine people were killed. 

Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano says he was "deeply stricken and pained” by the deaths of twelve people in Berlin when a heavy truck crashed into a Christmas market.        

Though German police say it is too early to call whether the incident was intentional, Aflano refers to as an attack.        

In a statement provided by Italy’s foreign ministry, Alfano expresses closeness to Germans "in this sad moment that instead should be of joy and peace in the approach to the Christmas holidays.”        

Alfano says attacks "won’t change our determination to combat terrorism” alongside international partners and in particular Germany, saying the two countries are in strict coordination.       

Separately, Italy’s ambassador in Berlin, Pietro Benassi, told Italian state TV that German authorities couldn’t say yet if any foreigners were among the victims.

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