The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack in which a truck drove into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, capital of Germany, killing 12 people and injuring 48.
The terrorist group said on Tuesday that the driver of the truck was “targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition,” according to the group’s news agency Amaq.
Earlier, German prosecutors announced the release of a 23-year-old Pakistani detained in connection with the truck attack, citing a 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.