READ: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Berlin Christmas Market Attack

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Mayor of Berlin, Michael Mueller, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Berlin city Interior Minister Andreas Geisel lay flowers near where yesterday a truck plowed through a Christmas market on December 20, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. So far 12 people are confirmed dead and 45 injured. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Islamic State Amaq News “agency” has officially claimed responsibility for yesterday’s Christmas market attack that killed 12 and injured 48 at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany.

The statement was released in German and can be read below:

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It reads in English:

The perpetrator of the attack in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State. He carried out the operation according to calls for attacks on the coalition states.

According to The Standard, the arrested terror suspect Naved B., 23, is being investigated to see if the attack was ordered from the Islamic State “proper” or if he was acting alone. According to The Guardian, Naved B. is a recent immigrant to Germany from Pakistan. However, new reports suggest that Naved B. is not be the correct suspect.

USA Today reports that German police are now scouring the country looking for a Tunisian asylum seeker named as Anis A., according to the German magazine Spiegel.

Police do not know if he was acting alone.

The new suspect is a known Islamist who is thought to have hijacked the Scania truck before shooting its Polish driver, Lukasz Urban, dead. His documents were later found in the truck.

The attack follows current ISIS attack methods. According to The Telegraph, the US recently warned of heightened risks of terror attacks on Christmas markets in Europe as ISIS loses its grasp on Iraq and Syria.

The attack follows the same principles as last month’s ISIS-inspired attack at Ohio State University, carried out by Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan. ISIS later claimed the attack.

Last month, an ISIS magazine article targeting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade instructed jihadists how to carry out a successful attack as a lone wolf operative. In the article, ISIS suggested that a lone wolf use a vehicle to plow into a crowd and to carry a secondary weapon.

A similar attack claimed by ISIS was carried out this year on July 14 at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France by Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. Bouhlel is responsible for murdering up to 84 people by ramming into them with a truck and shooting at them.

The attack came the same day as the assassination of Andrei Karlov, who was shot and killed in Ankara by police officer Mert Altintas, 22. Altintas was filmed giving the “tahwid,” or ISIS’ index finger signal, while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”

Heavy is an independent news organization. We report acts of terror and violence so that the public may be fully informed. This may include content considered graphic, which is identified. We do not support, in any way, the individuals or organizations involved.

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Anonymous

Alha is a terrorist. that is why tell them to kill innocent ,kids, women and men that has nothing to do with islam in Berlin.we have to do something to this stupid monester religion .

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Anay

Dont forget Germany is helping america and allies in the middle east killing muslims. I would say this is an act of revenge.

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Anonymous

ISS ,Alqieda, Al nusra, Dash, Taliban ,bokoharam all of them claimed Allaha appointmented them to slaughter human being indefinitely. I would say we need to get ride of Allaha the boss of terrorist first.

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Anonymous

Do you realize how dumb and pathetic you sound! Keep celebrating Independence day. The day of massacre of almost half a billion natives all in the name of christianity

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