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.
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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!!!
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.
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
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
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
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
We cannot go on denying there is a link between Merkel’s migration policy and these attacks
“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.
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 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
”Radical Islamic terrorism has struck in the heart of Germany”
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.
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
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
The German Chancellor has said it would be particularly repugnant if a refugee seeking protection in Germany was the perpetrator.
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.”