The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed that the driver of the truck that plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening was “targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition,” according to the group’s news agency Amaq, Deutsche Welle reports.
Earlier that day, German prosecutors announced the release of a 23-year-old Pakistani detained in connection with the truck attack carried out a day earlier, citing lack of evidence.
On Tuesday night, following the announcement that the suspect had been released, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told broadcaster ZDF that “it is true that one cannot rule out that the perpetrator is still at large.” He also warned that it was too early to draw political conclusions from the incident.
Authorities had arrested the asylum seeker on suspicion of driving the truck, which killed 12 and injured at least 48.
Berlin police had admitted that they may have apprehended the wrong suspect and warned the public to remain attentive and vigilant.