Merkel plans to meet again with victims of the attack in Berlin

© AP Photo / Michael Hopkinson of Germany Angela Merkel. Archival photoMerkel plans to meet again with victims of the attack in Berlin© AP Photo / Michael Sohn

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that it will hold in the coming months, another meeting with the victims of the terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin last year.

«I will hold another meeting with relatives and the wounded a few months to show what we’ve learned, what we will do in the future differently,» said Merkel at the scene where the mourning events were held.

In December 2016, the truck rammed the fair in Berlin, 12 people were killed and 48 were hospitalized. The German authorities stated that it was a terrorist attack wanted suspect, 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri, who was driving the car, was killed in Milan in a shootout with police. The terrorist was affiliated with the banned in Russia and other countries a terrorist group «Islamic state.»*

The Chancellor took part in a closed to the public opening of the memorial to the victims near the Church of Kaiser Wilhelm, in fact, on the site of the attack. The ceremony was attended by relatives of victims and wounded during the attack, their families and friends, as well as the President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schauble, mayor of Berlin Michael Muller, and representatives of religious denominations.

At a closed memorial service held this morning in the memorial Church of Kaiser Wilhelm, speech by the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Mueller presented a monument, a nearly 17-meter-high Golden cracks in the pavement — it symbolizes the «deep wound» and «the need to overcome the split in society,» said the mayor.

The ceremonies were held in conditions of unprecedented security measures — on the roofs of nearby houses were placed snipers, all members of the funeral had to pass through metal detectors.

* A terrorist organization banned in Russia