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Man detained amid Berlin attack investigation released due to insufficient evidence

Firefighters look at a toppled Christmas tree after a truck ran into a crowded Christmas market and killed several people in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

German police officials Tuesday said the "wrong man" may have been taken custody into connection with the deadly, intentional semi-truck crash at a Christmas market in Berlin, according according to Die Welt.

(UPDATED) The man was released Tuesday afternoon because of insufficient evidence, prosecutors said, according to the Associated Press.

Officials believe the real culprit could be "armed" and "at large," the newspaper goes on to say.

The man who was arrested is a Pakistani asylum-seeker, who denied his involvement in the attack Monday.

As of Tuesday morning, 12 people had died and 48 were injured by the attack.

Die Welt quoted a German police official who said, "we have the wrong man and thus a new situation. For the real culprit is still armed at large and can cause new damage. "

The Associated Press suggested police officials were "uncertain" whether the correct suspect was in custody.

The investigation is ongoing.

This story will be updated.

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