A polish individual whose truck was recently commandeered by a terrorist to attack a Christmas market in the German capital of Berlin had been shot and killed hours before the attack, a post-mortem examination has reportedly found.
BERLIN, Germany – Lukasz Urban, whose truck was rammed into a Christmas market killing a dozen people on December 19, had been found dead in the passenger seat after the attack, which also injured almost 50 people.
Authorities had hailed him as a hero as he appeared to have “quite probably” tried to stop the attack by seizing control of the steering wheel before being shot in the head.
But the results of a post-mortem examination indicated that Urban had been shot in the head up to three and a half hours before the attack took place, German newspaper Bild reported. Urban also had stabbing wounds on his body.
Urban had been waiting to unload the steel in his truck at a warehouse on the afternoon of the day of attack when his vehicle was hijacked supposedly by 24-year-old Anis Amri.
Amri, the suspected attacker in the Berlin rampage, went on the run after the deadly attack but was spotted and gunned down in a shootout with police in Italy on Friday.
Meanwhile, Italian police have handed out a still image showing Amri arriving at Milan’s central train station just hours before being killed in the exchange of fire with police.
The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the Berlin attack, which is said to have been Germany’s worst terror attack in 35 years.
– CIA involved –
On Monday, a truck crashed into a crowded market in Berlin, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens of others.
Police detained a 23-year-old suspect, Navid B., a Pakistani asylum seeker.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described the Berlin Christmas market attack as a terrorist act.
The interior minister of the German state of Saarland has said that Germany is in a state of war.
Stephen Lendman, author and journalist from Chicago, told Press TV’s Top 5 that the attack in a Berlin Christmas market may be a state-sponsored “false-flag” operation to push Germany to play a more active role in the so-called war on terror in the Middle East region.
The journalist opined that “very possibly dirty CIA hands were involved in what happened in Berlin.”
“Germany is a very important US ally and an attack like this could have been staged to get Germany aroused about … terrorism to [keep] Germany on board of America’s imperial agenda in the Middle East,” Lendman said on Tuesday.
The European country has been “part of America’s imperial wars allied with the rogue regional states like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and the other [Persian] Gulf states,” he noted.
According to Lendman, “The timing [of the incident] coincides with the liberation of Aleppo, with the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey and with the Electoral College in America confirming [US President-elect Donald] Trump’s election as America’s 45th president.”
The Berlin attack came less than a month after the US State Department called for caution in markets and other public places across Europe on the holiday season.
Germany has been spared acts of terror claimed by Daesh such as the 2015 attacks in Paris, but the Takfiri group has claimed two assaults carried out by refugees in Germany.
An axe rampage on a train in Wuerzburg in July injured five people, and a bomb attack in Ansbach left 15 people injured.