Candles and flowers at the Berlin Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz square, Germany, December 20, 2016.

REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

(Berlin) – The truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19, 2016, is a despicable act of violence that cannot be justified.

At least 12 people were killed and at least 48 wounded, many of them seriously, according to the authorities. The Berlin police is treating it as a deliberate attack. No group has claimed responsibility.

Human Rights Watch expresses its sincere condolences to the relatives of the victims and wishes for a speedy recovery for the wounded.

The Berlin attack follows a series of recent deplorable violent actions in other countries, some of them with mass casualties, including in Istanbul, Ankara. Zurich, and Madagali, Nigeria.