President-elect Donald Trump says terrorists should be eradicated from the face of the earth, after terror attacks on a German Christmas market, which killed 12 and injured 48.
Mr Trump described the attack as horrifying and said that the deadly assault on Berlin should push America and its “freedom-loving” partners to take on ISIS and win. He went on to tweet that following assaults on Germany, Switzerland and Turkey, the situation was getting worse, adding that the civilised world needed to change its way of thinking.
His strong comments followed an attack in Berlin when a hijacked weapon carrying tonnes of steel was used as a weapon, driving through Christmas market shoppers.
While German officials have yet to confirm that the incident was terror related, witnesses say that the lorry deliberately steered towards crowds, intent on creating as much death and destruction as possible.
Mr Trump also extended prayers to the loved ones of those caught up in the Germany market attack. He said: “Innocent civilians were murdered in the streets as they prepared to celebrate the Christmas holiday. ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad.
“These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners.”
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also extended his thoughts and sympathies, although current US president Barack Obama, who is on his annual Christmas holiday in Hawaii, is yet to comment. However, the White House has issued a statement saying it condemns what appears to have been in a terror attack, in the strongest possible terms, adding that America stands together with Germany. US officials have been in touch with counterparts in Germany and say they are on standby to provide assistance if needed.