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A year after Berlin truck attack, Germany admits failings

Tobias Schwarz, AFP file picture | Twelve people were killed and dozens injured in the attack in Berlin on December 19, 2016.

Germany's leaders admitted Tuesday that the government failed to provide adequate support and comfort to relatives of victims in last year's devastating Christmas market attack, and acknowledged security gaps in the run-up to the atrocity.

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A year after rejected Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri rammed a truck into the crowded market at the Breitscheidplatz, killing 12 people and wounding 70, the authorities have come under fire over security failings and their clumsy handling of the aftermath of the assault.

"A long and emotional day" in Berlin - FRANCE 24 Berlin correspondent Jessica Saltz

Chancellor Angela Merkel, accused of failing to reach out personally to families of victims, had met with them for the first time only Monday.

"The talks were very open, and from the part of those affected, no holds barred, and pointed to the weakness of our country in this situation," Merkel said, as Germany held a day of solemn commemoration for the victims on Tuesday.

"There's a greater level of accountability" now - Yan St-Pierre, Modern Security Consulting Group analyst

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