Singapore expresses shock over Christmas market attack in Berlin

The scene of attack in Berlin where a truck ploughed into a crowd at a Christmas market near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Photo courtesy : spiegel.de

Singapore has expressed shock over the vicious attack at a Christmas market in Berlin in which 12 people were killed and more than 50 were injured. The Singapore Embassy in Berlin have contacted the local German authorities and until now, there is  no report of any Singaporean directly affected or injured in the incident.

At least 12 people have been killed and about 50 more injured after a truck ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin in what is believed to have been a deliberate attack.

In a press release, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “ Singapore is shocked by what appears to be a vicious attack at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in Berlin on 19 December 2016 that killed and injured many people. We express our deepest condolences to the bereaved families, and wish the injured a speedy recovery.  We also express our solidarity with the people of Germany during this period of grief.”

Singaporeans in Germany have been advised to monitor closely local news and heed the instructions of the local authorities. Photo courtesy: spiegel.de

It further stated, “The Singapore Embassy in Berlin has been contacting registered Singaporeans in Berlin.  The Embassy is also in close contact with the local German authorities to ascertain whether there are any Singaporeans affected by the incident.  Thus far, there are no reports of any Singaporeans directly affected or injured by the incident.

Singaporeans in Germany are advised to monitor closely the local news and heed the instructions of the local authorities.  They should be vigilant and take the necessary precautions, including avoiding crowded places, and especially the incident site near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.  They are also advised to keep in touch with their family and friends so that they know you are safe.

“Singaporeans are also advised to e-register with MFA if they have not done so.  Singaporeans who require urgent consular assistance should contact the Singapore Embassy in Berlin or the 24-hour Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office on phone number +49 30 2263430,” stated the press release.

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Ashraf Jamal
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Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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