BERLIN - The United States says the ramming of a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin "appears to have been a terrorist attack."
12 people were killed and 48 injured in the attack.
Police said on Twitter that the truck rammed into the market outside the capital's popular Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Monday evening.
Bild newspaper posted a picture of a large Scania truck with its windshield smashed out on the sidewalk alongside the market.
White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price says the U.S. condemns the attack "in the strongest terms." He says the U.S. is sending condolences to Germany's government and its people and thoughts and prayers to the relatives of those killed.
Price says the U.S. has been in contact with German officials over the incident. He says the U.S. is ready to assist Germany in investigating the incident and responding to it.
The White House says the U.S. stands with Berlin in the fight against those who "target our way of life and threaten our societies."