Investigators undertook a Europe-wide manhunt on Wednesday for a young Tunisian ex-convict with multiple aliases who had been denied asylum in Germany and was considered a security risk, linking him to a deadly truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market.
Anis Amri Credit Bka European Pressphoto Agency
Anis Amri is wanted by German police in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack. Credit German Federal Police
Anis Amri is a 24-year-old Tunisian asylum seeker suspected of ploughing a lorry into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market.
His ID documents were found inside the truck which crashed into festive shoppers killing 12.
Born in the desert town of Tataouine on Tunisia’s border with Libya, the suspect is believed to have undergone weapons training abroad.
He is thought to have been awaiting an asylum hearing on his German residency.
Amri has been described as armed, “extremely dangerous” and a member of a “large” Islamic organisation.
The suspect is believed to have been living in temporary housing while awaiting an asylum decision.
He is thought to have arrived in Germany earlier this year.
Amri is a disciple of Abu Walaa, arrested in Hildesheim last month for recruiting radicals into the ranks of ISIS.
Walaa was arrested along with five members of a terrorist recruiting network operating on behalf of the so-called Islamic State, according to prosecutors.
The group were arrested in the North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony regions over allegations they helped fighters travel from Germany to Syria.
Amri was thought to be a follower of the conservative Salafist branch of Islam.
THATS A BIG BASTARD!!
THE Berlin terror attack main suspect Anis Amri has been killed in a shootout with police in Milan, Italy. Finally!!!
Fingerprints have been confirmed to be those of Amri, who opened fire at police during a routine check at 3am this morning – he shot officer Christian Movio in the shoulder.He was initially thought to have been spotted in Denmark earlier this morning, before details of the shooting surfaced.
Amri is believed to have hijacked a lorry, shot the driver dead and then rampaged through a bustling Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and injuring 48, sparking a Europe-wide search.Unconfirmed reports state Amri travelled on a train through France and into Italy, arriving at a Milan train station at around 3am.
This Bastard has been shot dead in Italy after a confrontation with police
Italian prosecutors have now confirmed the 24-year-old Tunisian-born has been killed “without any doubt”.
Authorities say Amri was stopped during a routine patrol and immediately opened fire on officers, who returned fire.Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said: “During routine activity there was a police squad who stopped someone who appeared to be a suspect.
“At the moment he was stopped, without hesitation he pulled a gun out of his rucksack and shot a police officer.
“Police responded.The officer is hurt but he is in hospital and he is not in intensive care.
“Without any shadow of doubt the man killed is Anis Amri, the man wanted in connection with the Berlin terror attack.”
Amri has previously lived in Italy and spent four years in prison for setting fire to a school.
A German reporter has spoken to Amri’s brother who says he is “shocked” to learn of his brother’s death.He said: “We are shocked and the whole family is in a bad situation. No comment.”The German Interior Ministry is refusing to confirm that the man killed by Italian police is Anis Amri and it is also refusing to answer questions on why and how Amri was able to travel freely throughout Germany and mainland Europe.The Tunisian terrorist travelled from Berlin to Chambéry, France, to Turin and then onto Milan – the whole time he had the gun he used to shoot a Polish lorry driver at point blank range concealed in his rucksack.
Amri was also photographed entering and leaving an Islamic State-linked mosque but was never detained.
At a press conference in Berlin, a government spokesman did not comment on whether or not tighter border controls need to be implemented on the continent.
He did, however, reveal there are around 330 “terrorist sympathisers” currently living in Germany.
Bastard was finally shot by an Italian police officer at around 2am
Earlier today Amri was reportedly spotted in Aalborg, Denmark.
Danish police said a man matching his description was spotted in the northern city and a massive police operation is underway.
German police raided a mosque in western Germany in the early hours of the morning after Amri was pictured leaving the religious building under cover of darkness.
Amri managed to evade the authorities once again and seemingly made it to Milan.
This is Christian Movio, the police officer shot by Bastard
The President-elect announced the controversial policy in a bid to defeat “radical Islamic terrorism” while campaigning last year.And speaking in Florida today, Mr Trump dismissed suggestions he would back down from his hardline stance.
He told reporters: “You’ve known my plans all along. I’ve been proven to be right, 100% correct. What’s happening is disgraceful.”
A statement released by Mr Trump’s press office blamed the Berlin attack on Islamist terrorists who “continually slaughter Christians”.
But the Republican distanced himself from that statement today, saying: “It’s an attack on humanity, and it’s gotta be stopped.”
He also revealed he has not talked to Barack Obama since the attack in the German capital, which claimed the lives of 12 people.
Donald Trump has vowed to ban all Muslims from entering the US
Outspoken Mr Trump, who stormed to victory over Hillary Clinton last month, is set to take office on January 20.The billionaire businessman was widely criticised by politicians in the US and UK when he first announced the Muslim ban.Then Prime Minister David Cameron called it “stupid, divisive and wrong” while Mr Obama branded it “dangerous”.
He made the comments in the wake of the Berlin terror attack
Mr Trump’s latest comments come as German officials desperately hunt for Anis Amri, the main suspect in the sickening attack.According to reports, Tunisia-born Amri tried to seek asylum in Germany last year – but his application was rejected.But officials could not deport the 23-year-old, now one of the world’s most wanted men, because his documents were missing.
German police are hunting for terror suspect Anis Amri
AfD leader declares Berlin Christmas market attack is FINAL straw
ANGELA Merkel is finished following the wake of the Berlin terror attack, the leader of Gemrany’s far-right party has declared.
AfD leader Frauke Petry said Angela Merkel is “finished” in the wake of the Berlin terror attack
Twelve people died and 48 were injured when a lorry ploughed into Berlin’s Christmas market last night.German police released a 23-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker due to a lack of evidence, after arresting him hours after the attack.Politicians were quick to link the tragedy with Angela Merkel’s open-door immigration policy, which saw one million migrants enter Germany last year.Alternative for Deutscheland (AfD) chairwoman Frauke Petry said the country was no longer safe and “radical Islamic terrorism has struck in the heart of Germany” following the Berlin terror attack.
Ms Petry told the Telegraph: “This is a terrible day, but it is not completely unexpected given the warnings from the security authorities, including about the prospect of an attack on Berlin.”We cannot go on denying there is a link between Merkel’s migration policy and these attacks, or we will prepare that ground for more of these attacks.”The anti-migrant party has seen support surge in local elections as the German Chancellor fights to take office for a fourth term.Ms Petry said: “People like to believe in the assumption that everything is okay, in order to persuade themselves that is the case.
“But it is clearly not. A recent polls showed that 80 per cent of Germans seriously reject Mrs Merkel’s migration policy, even if they are not in the streets demonstrating about it.”Normal people are fed up with these incidents and the fear that the attacks are coming nearer and nearer to their homes.”Tensions have escalated in Germany following the New Year’s Eve Cologne sex attacks, which saw hundreds of women sexually assaulted and robbed by men described as of North African and Arab appearance.The AfD is expected to increase its vote share at next year’s election prompting Mrs Merkel to shift increasingly to the right to manager splits in her Christian Democrats party (CDU) and coalition partners the Social Democrats (SPD).
We cannot go on denying there is a link between Merkel’s migration policy and these attacks
Ms Petry argued Mrs Merkel’s burka ban and plans to send 100,000 asylum seekers home next year are as a result of the AfD’s soaring popularity.She said: “These measures are suddenly being taken by the CDU and the SPD because of us, even though they deny we are the reason – but these are already the hard results of the AfD. The party is far from irrelevant, it is changing Germany.”The far-right leader said member’s of Mrs Merkel’s party already take about the end of her time as Chancellor.She said: “Merkel is finished and the younger ones like deputy finance minister Jens Spahn even say that her period is about to end.“The problem is that everyone in the CDU knows this, but they also know they don’t have an alternative.
PROTESTS have erupted outside Angela Merkel’s office by campaigners saying the German Chancellor “has blood on her hands”.
A man’s sign reads “On Merkel’s hands is the blood of her people”
Crowds have gathered outside the Chancellory in Berlin just two days after the Berlin terror attack as a series of protests, counter-demonstrations and vigils are held across the city.
Supporters of the Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party are demonstrating outside Angela Merkel’s office.
Placards reading “Merkel must go” were waved in the crowd as supporters carried the German flag and lit candles for the dead.
Other placards read “protect borders” and “On Merkel’s hands is the blood of her people”.People were also seen holding placards with the logo of the far right Identitarian movement (Identitaere Bewegung) reading “It’s enough” and “How many times again”.A small counter-demonstration also broke out in front of the Chancellory in Berlin as protests erupted elsewhere in the city.It comes two days after 12 people were killed in the German capital when a lorry ploughed into a busy Christmas market.
Protests have erupted outside Angela Merkel’s office in Berlin
ISIS later claimed responsibility for the atrocity as right-wing critics attempted to link the attack with Angela Merkel’s open-door immigration policy.Dutch politican Geert Wilders posted an image of the German
Chancellor with blood on her hands one day after the attack.
A protest against Mrs Merkel’s immigration policy has also broken out at the site of Monday’s attack.
A man’s jacket reads “This Country Must Stay German!” as he attends the protest in Berlin
Crowds wave German flags as they call for Angela Merkel to step down
Many are believed to belong to hard-right groups such as the NPD.The market at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church, stayed shut today, but at a counter-demonstration some 50 people gathered with banners that read “I am a Berliner” and sang songs such as “We are the World”.It comes as AfD party leader Franke Petry said Mrs Merkel is finished in the wake of the terror attack.She said the the country was no longer safe and “radical Islamic terrorism has struck in the heart of Germany” as ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre.
Ms Petry told the Telegraph: “This is a terrible day, but it is not completely unexpected given the warnings from the security authorities, including about the prospect of an attack on Berlin.”We cannot go on denying there is a link between Merkel’s migration policy and these attacks, or we will prepare that ground for more of these attacks.”The anti-migrant party has seen support surge in local elections as the German Chancellor fights to take office for a fourth term.
”Radical Islamic terrorism has struck in the heart of Germany”
Placards are displayed outside Angela Merkel’s office
Supporters of the Alternative for Deutschland lead the demonstration
Members of the crowd light candles during the protest
Merkel must go’, protesters gather outside the German Chancellery
More than 60 other Christmas markets across the German capital re-opened today under tightened security.Tourist Nicki Anning at the Gendarmenmarkt Square in central Berlin said: ”We don’t want to let the terrorists win. If everyone stays away, they are winning.”Berlin authorities said 12 people seriously injured in Monday’s attack were still being treated in hospital.Dozens of people gathered by a large Christmas tree at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to hold a vigil for the victims of the attack at Breitscheidplatz.
Tributes of candles, messages and flowers lay by the tree, which was lit up in white Christmas lights. Those attending the service brought candles and lanterns, which they held as they stood together near the famous German landmark.
People are also holding placards with the logo of the far right Identitarian movement
Alexander Gauland of the AfD attends the protest
“You will not receive our hatred – not in Berlin and not anywhere else in Germany.”A minute’s silence was held at the service, which took place at the same time as others in Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt.The possible and unproven involvement of a migrant or refugee has revived a bitter debate about security and immigration, with Mrs Merkel facing calls to clamp down after allowing more than a million newcomers into Germany in the past two years.The German Chancellor has said it would be particularly repugnant if a refugee seeking protection in Germany was the perpetrator.
German police are looking for an asylum-seeker from Tunisia after finding an identity document under the driver’s seat of the truck that ploughed into the Berlin Christmas market.The federal prosecutor’s office said it was offering a reward of up to £84,000 for information leading to the capture of the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Anis Amri.The prosecutor’s office said in a statement: “Beware: He could be violent and armed.”
Police initially arrested a Pakistani asylum-seeker near the scene, but released him without charge on Tuesday. It remains unclear whether the real perpetrator was acting alone or with others.The Polish driver of the hijacked truck was found shot dead in the cabin of the vehicle.Bild newspaper said he had been alive until the attack took place. It also quoted an investigator as saying there must have been a struggle with the attacker, who may have been injured.
ANGELA Merkel’s open-door migrant policy will come slamming shut and Germany will become a Big Brother state after the Berlin Christmas market terror attack, a leading political commentator has warned.
She has a big possibility of losing the election after the Berlin terror attack
Josef Joffe said Germany has only had to deal with no or low victim lone-wolf attacks, unlike many other Western countries, until this year but after a spate of seven in 2016 the government will be forced to change the way the country is run.
The publisher-editor of Die Zeit, a weekly German newspaper, and professor at two Ivy League universities, said border controls, which have only this year been reinstated after 1.1million migrants entered in 2015, will be tightened and domestic surveillance will be upped after Monday’s “Berlin bloodbath”.
A total of 12 people were killed and 48 injured, with 14 still in critical condition, after a large lorry was driven about 60 metres through a Christmas market in Breitscheidplatz, central Berlin.
Germany has been lucky – and smart in ways that did not always please its allies.
“German troops stayed out of Iraq. Where fealty to an alliance left no other choice, as in Afghanistan, they picked areas where combat appeared unlikely.
“In the Middle East, the German air force flies reconnaissance only – no bombing. Germany has worked hard not to become a target for retaliation.
“But now the cocoon has burst for good.”
Mrs Merkel promised the culprits will be punished “as hard as our laws demand” as the nation reacted in shock.
Mr Joffe, added: “This was not supposed to happen in a country that has been able to foil more terror attacks than have actually occurred.
“And this, it must be said, with the help of the much-maligned NSA, plus the British GCHQ and the French DGSE.”