Berlin Christmas Market the Target of Terrorist Attack

Country: Germany

Date of incident: December 20, 2016

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Islamist / Private



Anis Amri, a 24-year old Tunisian man, stole a truck and intentionally drove it into a crowded Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in West Berlin, leaving 12 dead and more than 50 injured. ISIS claimed responsibility, and the driver pledged allegiance to ISIS, calling on his "Muslim brothers everywhere... Those in Europe, kill the crusader pigs." "Crusaders" refers to Christians in ISIS rhetoric. While in the Italian prison in Sicily, Anis Amri threatened one of his fellow prisoners: “You are Christian and I will cut your head off,” according to Reppublica, which indicates the attacker's pre-existing bias against Christians.

Anis Amri was killed in a shootout with police in Milan.
Sources: Fox News and Repubblica