SINGAPORE: Singapore is "shocked" by a possible terror attack at a busy Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday (Dec 20), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday.
A truck ploughed into the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in the German capital, killing at least 12 people and injuring 48 more.
MFA said in a statement that Singapore is "shocked by what appears to be a vicious attack".
"We express our deepest condolences to the bereaved families, and wish the injured a speedy recovery. We also express our solidarity with the people of Germany during this period of grief."
A REMINDER OF "CONSTANT NEED FOR VIGILANCE": NG ENG HEN
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said he had written to his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen to express his condolences.
Dr Ng said he had met Dr Von der Leyen at a dialogue in Bahrain a week ago, where they spoke on a panel on the impact of terrorism beyond the Middle East. Both ministers had called for joint collaboration and efforts to deal with the threat of terrorism.
"Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the crash in this tragedy, but each time such episodes occur, they remind us of the constant need for vigilance and that no place is safe until the source of exported terrorism is stopped," he wrote in the post.
NO REPORTS OF SINGAPOREANS AFFECTED
According to MFA, the Singapore Embassy in Berlin has contacted registered Singaporeans in Berlin and is also in close contact with the local German authorities to ascertain whether there are any Singaporeans affected by the incident.
There are no reports of any Singaporeans directly affected or injured by the incident so far, it added.
The ministry advised Singaporeans in Germany to monitor the local news closely and heed the instructions of local authorities, as well as to register with MFA if they have not done so.
It added that Singaporeans should be vigilant and take the necessary precautions such as avoiding crowded places, especially the incident site near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and alert family and friends to their safety.
Singaporeans who require urgent consular assistance should contact the Singapore Embassy in Berlin at +49 30 2263430 / +49 152 2341 2182 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also call the 24-hour MFA duty office at +65 6379 8800/8855 or email email@example.com.