Man Arrested for Berlin Truck Attack Released

BERLIN (AP) -
The trailer of a truck stands beside destroyed market huts in Berlin on Tuesday, the day after the truck ran into the crowded market, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

German prosecutors say the man arrested after the truck attack on a Berlin market has been released because there isn’t sufficient evidence to tie him to the rampage.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that that the man, a Pakistani citizen who came to Germany last year as an asylum-seeker, denied involvement in the attack that killed 12 people and injured nearly 50 others.

They noted that witnesses were able to follow the truck’s driver from the scene but lost track of him. The man arrested matched witness descriptions of the truck driver, but investigators haven’t been able to prove that he was in the truck’s cab at the time of the attack.

Under German law, prosecutors have until the end of the calendar day following an arrest to seek a formal arrest warrant keeping a suspect in custody.