Final goodbye for Polish truck driver


Hundreds of mourners have gathered at a small Polish church to bid farewell to the truck driver killed in the Berlin Christmas market attack.

Lukasz Urban, 37, had been waiting to deliver steel in the German capital when his truck was hijacked by a man believed to be Tunisian Anis Amri.

Amri is suspected of using the truck in the 19 December attack, which killed a total of 12 people.

He was killed in a shoot-out with police in Italy days later.

Mr Urban was shot on the night of the attack and his body was found in the truck’s cab.

Among the mourners at the church in Banie, near the border with Germany, was Poland’s president Andrzej Duda, several other Polish political officials and a representative of the German embassy to Poland.

A letter was also read out from Poland’s Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, describing her “great pain and sadness” at Mr Urban’s death and expressing her sympathy to his family.

Bishop Henryk Wejman described Mr Urban as a man open to others and conscientious in his work, adding: “His willingness to work and serve others won him the trust of other people and the openness to fellow man”.

Mr Urban’s coffin was taken out of the church and driven in a hearse through the village to a cemetery.

Before the funeral, truck drivers had honked their trucks’ horns in a tribute to Mr Urban.