Berlin Christmas market attack: Injured speak of ordeal

Twelve people are still in hospital with very serious injuries after the German Christmas market attack which killed 12, say German authorities.

Police are now hunting a Tunisian national who is understood to have hijacked a truck filled with steel before hurtling through crowds of festive market shoppers, killing 12 and maiming many more.

In one of the first comments from those injured in the horrific attack, Iñaki Ellakuria, a 21-year-old Erasmus exchange student from the Basque town of Bilbao, said on social media that the black truck had ploughed into market stalls, rolling over everything, including both of his legs.

He described the pain as unbearable, the worst he had ever experienced, but he said people stopped to help him as he lay on the ground. Good samaritans brought him water, food, jackets, hats and scarves as he waited for paramedics to arrive to take him to hospital.

Surgery

He is still in hospital where he is being treated for numerous injuries, including a broken tibia and fibia, a broken ankle and a broken hip. The student has already had a number of operations, which his father says have gone well.

German president Joachim Gauck, visited four victims at a hospital in Berlin, saying he wanted them to know that they were not alone. He said he had spoken to one brave man who was hit in the spine and injured by a wooden beam, but still came to the aid of others, helping to pull people from underneath the debris of collapsed market stalls.

Meanwhile, the interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, has said that no children were killed in the terror attack, but he believed that young people and tourists were among the dead. It is understood that six of those who died have been officially identified, but not publically named as yet.