GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has said it would be “repugnant” if the terror attack on a Berlin Christmas Market was carried out by an asylum seeker.

A total of 12 people were killed and 48 injured, with 18 in a critical condition, after the large lorry ploughed about 50metres into the world famous market in Breitscheidplatz, central Berlin.

Police have said it was a terror attack and have arrested a 23-year-old Pakistani migrant who arrived in Germany in February to claim asylum.

Mrs Merkel called for Germans to not let the terrorists win as she said Christmas Markets are an important part of the country’s culture.

She said it would be “repugnant” if the attacker turned out to be an asylum seeker who Germans had welcomed with open arms.

Making an official statement at 11am (10am GMT), Mrs Merkel, said: “This is a very difficult day, as millions of people in Germany, I’m shocked and very saddened by what happened last night at the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin.

“12 people that were amongst us yesterday, that were looking forward to Christmas and were looking forward to the Christmas season, are no longer with us.

“It’s a terrible deed which we cannot understand.

Angela Merkel said it would be repugnant if the attack was carried out by a migrant

“It took their lives. Many people are fighting for their lives and health and in these hours I first and foremost think of these people, the dead, the injured and their families.

“All of us in the whole of the country are with you in deep sadness.

“We all hope for you and pray for you that you will find solace and comfort, that you will gain your health and continue to live after these terrible events.

“The emergency services, the doctors, the fire brigade, all of those that helped, thank you for you services and I thank all of these investigators.

“I have deep trust in them who have been working since last night to investigate what happened and it will be persecuted with all the means possible.

“We don’t have any thing for certain but we must assume this was a terrorist attack.

“It will be very difficult for us to learn if ti were confirmed the person who commited this act was someone who sought protection and asylum in Germany.

“It will be terrible for all the Germans who work day in day out who help. It would be repugnant.”

Mrs Merkel has come under fire this year after her open-door policy meant more than 1.1million migrants entered Germany in 2015.

She has closed some of Germany’s borders this year but migrants have still been coming in large numbers, prompting the rise of right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD).

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