According to Urður Gunnarsdóttir, press officer at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, no Icelanders are believed to be among those injured in the attack in Berlin last night, which left 12 people dead and dozens injured when a truck was driven trhough a crowded Christmas market near Kurfürstendamm, according to RÚV. Numerous Icelanders live in Berlin, and the city is a popular destination for Icelandic tourists.
A special Facebook page has been created, where people in Berlin can list themselves as safe. The page also shows you which ones of your Facebook friends are located in Berlin.
An Icelandic woman who lives in Berlin, Guðný Þóra Guðmundsdóttir, was at a restaurant near the Christmas market when the attack took place. She was not aware of the attack until she received a call from Iceland, asking if she was safe. Then she noticed that people all around her were on the phone, receiving notice of the attack. Still, she told RÚV, people kept calm. “You went outside for a moment and saw blue lights, police lights, at the end of the street, but other than that, there was no chaos or anything like that.”
Other Icelanders in Berlin agreed that people were not in a state of panic, although they were surely frightened.
Icelandic Ambassador Martin Eyjólfsson remarked, “We’ve sent out a message in the Icelandic community, through our website and Facebook page, asking people to contact the Ministry [for Foreign Affairs] and report they’re safe.”