Parts of central Berlin were deserted Tuesday night as Germans live in fear of more terror attacks.
Police have identified a Tunisian refugee called Anis A. as the primary suspect in the attack on a Christmas market, where 12 were killed and 48 injured. The market, a place that’s usually full of lights and people celebrating the holidays, remained closed Tuesday and had turned into a ghost town with only a few mourning visitors overnight.
Berliners came out to show solidarity with the victims and condemn the attacks. Visitors were shaken by the event, but said they won’t let it affect their everyday life.
“I have two kids so I’m scared about their future, maybe,” Marek Kalina told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “But we have to live our lives and it makes us stronger I hope, because it brings us together.”
Some children used the candle light memorials to ask Santa for a Germany without terror.
Several terror attacks have taken place in Germany throughout the year. Konstantin Wendel, a tour guide at the church, has seen the threat gradually rise over the past few years.
“ISIS try to show that they’re here and it’s awful,” Wendel told TheDCNF. “Five years ago we didn’t have this threat.”
Wendel looks at the attack as a direct assault on not just German culture, but the Christian religion. German churches are much harder targets, according to Wendel, as they’ve increased security significantly in recent years.
“There are always people at Christmas markets and they choose places where they have a crowd of people,” Wendel said. “There are a lot of churches that are guarded and that’s completely different. Two years ago we didn’t have that situation. For example the Dome of Berlin, it isn’t easy to bring your bags in there.”
Meanwhile the police began a massive manhunt for the Muslim terrorist who caused the havoc, also from the Daily Caller News Foundation:
A 23-year-old Tunisian man emerged as the primary suspect behind the Monday terror attack in Berlin, which killed 12 and injured 48.
The man, identified as Anis A., was born in the Tunisian city of Tataouine in 1992. A refugee, he applied for asylum in Germany in April, according to Suddeutsche Zeitung.
Identity documents left behind in the truck are the primary leads in the investigation. Another suspect was arrested early Wednesday morning but was quickly released. (RELATED: ISIS Officially Claims Responsibility For Berlin Christmas Market Terror Attack)
Die Welt reports the man uses several different identities and also goes by Ahmed A. He lives in Berlin but spends a lot of his time in the western state of North Reine Westphalia, where police are taking “imminent measures.” He is known by police from being part of Salafist circles in Germany.
Police originally detained a Pakistani man named Naved B. He was released Tuesday after no forensic evidence tied him to the attack. (RELATED: Berlin Police: We Caught The Wrong Person)
Berlin has ramped up security measures following the attack. Parts of the city center are still closed off for the public, with armed police officers patrolling the area.
The Christmas market where the attack took place remains closed to the public and Berliners are on edge.
“ISIS try to show that they’re here and it’s awful,”Konstantin Wendel, who works as tour guide at the church inside the market, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Five years ago, we didn’t have this threat.”
Wendel thinks the world-famous Christmas markets make for a prime target for Islamic State, as other churches are much harder to access for terrorists.
“There are always people at Christmas markets and they choose places where they have a crowd of people,” Wendel told TheDCNF. “There are a lot of churches that are guarded and that’s completely different. Two years ago, we didn’t have that situation. For example, the Dome of Berlin– it isn’t easy to bring your bags in there.”