2 days, 4 cities, dozens dead in high-profile attacks

BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 20:  Rescue workers begin to remove the cab of the lorry the morning after it ploughed through a Christmas market on December 20, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Several people have died while dozens have been injured as police investigate the attack at a market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on the Kurfuerstendamm and whether it is linked to a terrorist plot.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
How the Berlin attack unfolded
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At least 75 have been killed in four unconnected attacks

The violence comes just days before the holidays

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This holiday week erupted in an extraordinarily violent start, with high-profile attacks in four cities on Sunday and Monday.

At least 75 people were killed in the incidents, which are not connected.


Jordanian mourners carry the coffin of Ibrahim Bashbsha, a day after he died in the attack.

What happened: Attackers armed with machine guns and hand grenades entered Karak Castle, a tourist attraction, and killed 10 people and injured 34 on Sunday.

Who: ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by four men. They were killed.

Also: This was the first time a civilian target was hit by a terrorist attack in Jordan in more than a decade.

Jordanian security forces patrol around the Crusader castle on December 19, 2016 in Karak.


Yemenis gather at al-Sawlaba base in Aden's al-Arish district  after a suicide bomber targeted a crowd of soldiers.

What happened: At least 52 soldiers were killed and 34 were injured in a suicide bombing on Sunday in the Southern Yemeni city of Aden.

Who: ISIS claimed responsibility.

Also: At least 48 soldiers were killed on December 10 at the same camp. The attackers targeted soldiers who were lining up for pay, according to news agency Saba. ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack as well.


epa05682696 Rescue workers at the scenes and the truck that crashed into a Christmas market, close to the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church in Berlin, Germany, 19 December 2016. According to the police, at least one man is reported killed in what police suspect it was a deliberate attack.  EPA/PAUL ZINKEN
Mourners form human chain to honor Berlin attack victims
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What happened: A truck crashed into a crowd of shoppers at a Christmas market on Monday, killing 12 and wounding 48.

Who: There is a manhunt underway for the attacker. ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency has released a statement saying the attack in Berlin was carried out by “a soldier of the Islamic state.”

Also: This was similar to a July attack in Nice, France when a truck drove into a crowd on Bastille Day, killing 86 and injured more than 200. Terror groups have encouraged followers in the West to use vehicles in attacks.


An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said he was hospitalized with a gunshot wound. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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What happened: A gunman assassinated Andrey Karlov, Russian ambassador to Turkey, on Monday as he was giving a speech at an art gallery. The attack was caught on video.

Who: The man who opened fire on the ambassador was identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, a Turkish police officer. He was killed.

Also: Russia and Turkey called it a provocative terror attack. The gunman shouted “Allahu akbar (God is greatest). Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!” Russian President Vladimir Putin said the killing was aimed at undermining normalization of Russian-Turkish relations, as well as the “peace process in Syria.” Human rights groups and other countries have denounced Russia over its backing of the Syrian leader.