President Barack Obama’s National Security Council released a statement Monday afternoon on the apparent terrorist attack in Berlin earlier the day, calling it a “horrific incident” and offering assistance. A truck had plowed into a Christmas market, killing at least 9 people.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms what appears to have been a terrorist attack on a Christmas Market in Berlin, Germany, which has killed and wounded dozens,” the statement from NSC spokesperson Ned Price read. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of those killed, just as we wish a speedy recovery to all of those wounded.”
“We also extend our heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Germany,” the statement continued. “We have been in touch with German officials, and we stand ready to provide assistance as they recover from and investigate this horrific incident. Germany is one of our closest partners and strongest allies, and we stand together with Berlin in the fight against all those who target our way of life and threaten our societies.”