A crowded marketplace, a truck, and a symbolic holiday—all the ingredients for a terrorist attack. A truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital Berlin on Monday evening, killing nine people and injuring up to 50 others. According to local police, the first indications pointed to a terrorist attack on the market, situated at the foot of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church. The truck careered into the Berlin market at what would have been one of the most crowded times for the Christmas market, when adults and children would be gathering in the traditional cluster of wooden huts that sell food and Christmas goods. The Islamic State has outlined very specific instructions for inflicting damage in a crowd by using a vehicle as a weapon in the terrorist organization’s monthly English-language magazine, Rumiyah. The article suggests political rallies, congested downtown streets, outdoor markets and “any outdoor attraction that draws large crowds” as targets, particularly “low security” gatherings that “are fair game and more devastating to Crusader nations.” (See more HERE.) Numerous attacks have occurred around Christmas, a symbolic time. READ MORE