Berlin, Twelve people were killed and 48 others injured when a truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin.

The truck drove between 50 and 80 meters through the market at the historic Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church, adjacent to the Kurfuerstendamm, one of the city's most popular shopping streets.

The suspected driver, who fled the scene, was taken into custody shortly afterwards a few kilometers away.

The man detained likely came to Germany as a refugee in February and was either from Afghanistan or Pakistan, a security source told the (dpa), adding that the man had used different names, which was making his identification more difficult.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere refused to label the deadly incident a terrorist attack, though he said "a lot points in that direction." "We want to be very, very cautious and operate close to the investigation results, not with speculation," he told the ARD broadcaster.

Source: Qatar News Agency