BEIJING, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Wednesday sent a message of condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the terrorist attack on a Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday.
Li said he was shocked to learn that a terrorist attack took place Monday evening in Berlin which has resulted in heavy casualties.
"On behalf of the Chinese government, I express my deep condolences to the victims, send sincere sympathy to the families of the dead, and wish the injured an early recovery," said Li.
Li said China firmly backs Germany in its effort to crack down on terrorism and safeguard national security and is willing to strengthen cooperation with the international community including Germany to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility.
A truck ploughed into a Christmas market in central Berlin Monday evening, killing at least 12 and injuring several dozens of people.