IS Claims Responsibility for Berlin Attack

CAIRO/Berlin (Reuters) -
A police officer walks behind a concrete barrier that is to be constructed at a market in Erfurt, central Germany, Tuesday, as security is ramping up at seasonal markets worldwide. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Berlin Monday, in which a man plowed a truck into a crowded market, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50.

“The executor of the operation in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic state and he executed the operation in response to calls to target nationals of the coalition countries,” the terrorist group’s AMAQ news agency said on Tuesday.

Later Tuesday, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that investigators are following several leads.

“We just heard about the supposed claim of responsibility by this so-called Islamic State that is in fact a gang of terrorists,” de Maiziere told ARD broadcaster.

“There are several leads that investigators are following now,” said de Maiziere.

“Nobody will rest until the perpetrator or the perpetrators are caught.”