A deadly day: Russian ambassador assassinated; 12 dead in Berlin truck crash; Zürich mosque attacked

Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated Monday at an art exhibition in Ankara.

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In Germany, 12 people were killed and 48 more wounded in Berlin after a truck drove into a Christmas market around 8 p.m. local time, plowing into the stalls, packed with shoppers and tourists, at about 40 miles an hour. German police have detained a 23-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker as a possible suspect, but Berlin’s police chief has acknowledged they may have picked up the wrong man. Meanwhile, in Turkey, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated Monday at an art exhibition in Ankara. Turkish authorities say the lone gunman was a 22-year-old off-duty Turkish police officer. He shot Karlov dead in a dramatic scene in the middle of the art gallery as he yelled: “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” Meanwhile, in Zürich, Switzerland, three people were injured when a gunman opened fire at a mosque frequented by Somali refugees. The gunman was later found dead, apparently after committing suicide. To talk more about these events, we are joined by Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She’s written several books, including, most recently, “Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror.”

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