Night of terror has left several people dead and many wounded in fatal attacks by apparent terrorists. The attacks occurred on Sunday and Monday in Germany, Turkey, Jordan and Switzerland.
At least 12 people were killed and dozens were injured, several critically, when the truck crashed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin tonight.
Russia’s ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead at a photo exhibition in Ankara, Turkey.
A gunman injured several people at a mosque in Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich.
Russian Ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara
Russian Ambassador to Ankara Andrey Karlov has been killed on Monday following an attack by an unidentified gunman while visiting an art exhibition opening in the Turkish capital.
The gunman, described by Turkish officials as a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, also wounded at least three others in the assault on the envoy, Andrey G. Karlov, which was captured on video. Turkish officials said the assailant was killed by other officers in a shootout.
Truck ploughs through crowd at Berlin Christmas market, killing 12
A truck slammed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday night, killing at least 12 people and wounding 48.
The incident took place at the Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church near the Zoologische Garten train station in the western part of the city. The popular Christmas market was filled with a mix of tourists and locals when the large Scania truck hurtled into it.
The Berlin truck attack evoked scenes of Nice, France, where a truck drove into a crowd in July, killing over 80 people.
At least 10 die in Shootout at Crusader Castle in Jordan
Gunmen assaulted Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing seven officers, two local civilians and a tourist from Canada, officials said. Several armed men barricaded themselves inside the castle for hours, hemmed in by special forces soldiers.
At least 34 people, including two foreign nationals, were wounded in the day’s violence, which was one of the bloodiest attacks in Jordan in recent memory.
Four gunmen were killed by security forces, reports the Jordan Times, after an hours-long operation to free people trapped in the castle.
Three injured in gun attack on Zurich mosque
Three people were injured when a man stormed into a Zurich mosque and opened fire on people at prayer, police said.
Two of the three men — aged 30, 35 and 56 — were seriously injured in the attack shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time (1630 GMT) near the main train station in Switzerland’s financial capital, Zurich police said.
The unidentified suspect, a man around 30 years old who according to witnesses was wearing dark clothing and a dark wool cap, fled the mosque, police said.
Two thirds of Switzerland’s 8.3 million residents identify as Christian but the nation has been wrestling with the role of Islam as its Muslim population has risen to 5 percent, swelled by the arrival of immigrants from the former Yugoslavia.