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UPDATE: As of Tuesday morning, the death toll is at least 12, with nearly 50 people injured.

German officials said the suspect is armed and still on the loose.

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A large truck plowed into a crowd at a Christmas market in a fashionable area of Berlin, Germany late Monday, killing at least nine people, Shepard Smith reported.

At least 50 people were injured in the incident, which occurred near the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtniskirche, a landmark church in the western part of the capital, around 8 p.m. local time.

The truck was traveling at about 40 miles per hour when it veered off a roadway and crashed into several makeshift Christmas market buildings, Smith said.

Police were initially treating the crash as an intentional attack but further investigation is underway, FoxNews.com reported.

Two people were in the cab of the vehicle, police said, adding that both are "accounted for."

The vehicle, known colloquially as a lorry, is similar to the type of vehicle used in the terrorist attack in Nice, France earlier this year.

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