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that, because there is traffic. OK, the police are now calling it a

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terror attack in Berlin. Thank you for joining us.

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Let's look at some of the front pages. Many of them lead on the

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events over the last 2-3 hours from Berlin. Natalie Haynes and Rob

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Merrick join me. We will start with the Guardian, which has on the front

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page nine dead in Berlin, truck horror, dozens hurt at Christmas

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market. Natalie, you were telling me earlier that your family from

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Belgium. That's true. The whole Christmas

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market thing is something that you know a lot about, like a lot of

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people do, I suppose, in this country. They go over to Europe and

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go to the markets, but you were telling me earlier that they do have

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barriers around some of the markets. They did last year, I haven't been

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over this year yet and I am running out of time, but at the start of

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this year, when the Christmas markets run into the earlier part of

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January, that is when I was last over. They have big concrete blocks

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in the centre of Brugge. It is a very beautiful town centre, and you

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are not allowed to drive through anyway, but they have put up big

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concrete blocks. Is that a safety measure? I've to say my cousins, who

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are young and fearless, were scoffing at the idea that anybody

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would be fearful of such things in Bruges. I thought, OK, you are young

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and brave, but it seemed a measure. Perhaps serving a dual function.

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You can't get a softer target than a Christmas market, can you?

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Clearly, the eyewitness Emma felt that it was unpredictable, how can

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you protect against it but perhaps the only we can is with barriers

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that Natalie was talking about. But your gut feeling is that if they did

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attack, they would attack somewhere else. It is almost impossible to

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prevent some sort of attack somewhere.

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The Guardian reporting that one man is arrested and another man is dead

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in the Laurie. This was not an accident. -- lorry. Emma saying that

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there was no way that it could have been accidental, it was travelling

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in a straight line, it was not veering off in any way, suggesting

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that the driver had suffered a heart attack or something like that. It

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was clear to them what was going on. It is hard not to join the dots,

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because it feels so much like the story of Nice in July, when

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similarly, for Bastille Day, a truck ploughed into a huge crowd of

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families. Exactly the same, a soft target. Chris is market attract

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people with children, so it is difficult not to fill in the gaps

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and say that it is clearly what it is -- Christmas markets attract. We

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will have to see what develops and what information the police release

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over the next few hours, or days and weeks. At the moment, you think back

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to whenever the Glasgow bin lorry case was and we did the same thing,

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and of course it was a different story, equally tragic, but

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differently so. A quote on the front of the

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Guardian, there seems to be no doubt about what has happened, he says,"

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if you days before Christmas, the message is clear, no matter how, we

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can pounce at any time". That seems to be the thing.

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The front page of the i, Islamic State on the back foot in Syria, and

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in Iraq. Many analysts point out that this is how they are now

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getting their message out, I suppose, their message of terror.

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They have been appealing to their followers abroad to do what they can

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to further their twisted cars. Natalie, Islamic State also saying

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that trucks are a good thing to use to attack people. While the

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authorities in Germany are keeping a bit of an open mind on this, clearly

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with that calling from Islamic State with this happening, with the Nice

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attack as well, many point their fingers towards some kind of

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Islamist link. I suppose it is one of those things

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where we have watched the encroachment of more and more

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things. Once you could say about unattended baggage, that is

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something to be afraid of. Now you can see someone with a bag, it does

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not have to be unattended. There are bag searches to make people feel

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safer. And it isn't particularly difficult to get hold of a lorry. It

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isn't difficult to have a license to drive a heavy goods vehicle, it

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isn't particularly difficult to force somebody else with a licence

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to let you have the lorry. The question arises, we can't keep

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fighting the weapon because the weapons ciggy changes. The question

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is then the target. In that case, what do we do? Do we never go to

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places? Do we carry on doing what we wanted to do for the rest of the

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weekend, it is super brave. On the front of the FT, echoes of

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Nice at a seasonal market. I covered the Nice attack, and there were

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Brits flying in the day afterwards in solidarity. They specifically

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said, we're not going to be deterred by this, as Emma was saying earlier,

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we will not let them win, people flying in specifically the day after

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to show solidarity. When this happened, everyone's minds, my mind

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certainly, went that it is Nice again.

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In the 2005 suicide attacks, you carry on, I certainly did. The

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conclusion of the French authorities was that the man that carried out

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the massacre in Nice had been inspired by Islamist propaganda, but

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they couldn't find any suggestion that Isis had orchestrated the

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attack. What can be said is that at some point Isis will claim ASBOs

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ability for Berlin, but they did not necessarily orchestrated, merely

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that they inspired. In the wake of Nice, the authorities

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were trying to establish how easy it would be for someone to be able to

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get their hands on a vehicle large enough to cause maximum damage.

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Interestingly, the suggestion is that there are some reports say that

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it was a vehicle that was hijacked. The Guardian is running a live

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update, a live feed, and Kate Connelly, one of their reporters,

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had quoted, I think, the owner of the company who owns the truck which

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is Polish, I think. The quote she had was from the company owner

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saying that it was his cousin who was in the Laurie and he was certain

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that he would put his hand in the fire -- in the lorry. It may be

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incorrect, but it is something that makes perfect sense in this

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narrative, do we rushed to believe it or ask the right questions?

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Wouldn't suggest it was true, I would merely say that question has

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been raised. An attack on a mosque in zero today,

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also the assassination of the Rossen ambassador to Turkey. -- in zero.

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Conspiracy theorists might suggest they are linked -- in Zurich.

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What a dreadful day in terms of terror and Europe this day has been.

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The suspicion must be that if you are going to carry out an attack

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like this, there was one in is a wreck as well, the run-up Christmas

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is a time when people are expecting to be out and about, enjoying

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themselves, at a Christmas market or another event. That is the time when

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your motivation is to create terror to the maximum, maybe there is a

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link with Zurich. There have been previous terror attacks in Germany

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in recent weeks and months, but not since the summer, but it is now

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three and six months. Rob and Natalie will be back in 15

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minutes time. This is pretty much the only story that most of the

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papers are running on. Thank you for that. Stay with us much more coming

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up. Now it is time for the weather.

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