A high-ranking police source told the Die Welt newspaper Tuesday: “We have the wrong man. That means the situation is different. The real culprit is still armed and at large and can commit further atrocities.”
The arrested man denies any involvement in the truck attack in which a truck rammed a Berlin market Monday killing 12 people and injuring 48. He was picked up about 2 kilometres away from the scene of the attack near Berlin’s Victory Column monument. Berlin police are now asking any witnesses with video or photos of the attack to come forward.
The claim that he may be the wrong man came as another newspaper named him as Naved Baluch. Pakistani authorities are currently investigating two men by that name to see if one of them is the arrested man, Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported. One of the two men was born in Pakistan, while the other was born in Afghanistan, in the province of Nimroz. Pakistan was checking the men at the request of the German authorities, an unnamed source in the Pakistani foreign ministry told the newspaper.