Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier said this evening (19 December) before flying back to Berlin from Paderborn:
I am deeply shocked by the terrible news of what happened at Berlin’s Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
Many people who were visiting the Christmas market this evening have lost their lives and even more have been injured.
My profound sympathy is with the families, relatives and friends of the victims. To all who have been injured I wish a speedy recovery.
We do not know yet with certainty what really happened this evening. The security authorities are working flat out to gather evidence at the scene of the incident and to find the perpetrators.