Berlin Market Attack Suspect Shot Dead in Milan

  • Berlin Market Attack Suspect Shot Dead in Milan

Berlin Market Attack Suspect Shot Dead in Milan

Mr Amri had been under investigation for planning an act of violence against the state, said Ralf Jaeger, the interior minister of Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Authorities are now frantically searching for a new suspect who may be on the run and is likely armed.

Has Amri been identified by the Islamic State? . Others made their way to Syria and Iraq.

German authorities said they are nearly certain that Amri, 24, was behind the Berlin attack after his fingerprints were found inside the truck cabin, along with documents pertaining to his residency status in Germany.

Germany's chief federal prosecutor told lawmakers that "this Tunisian is a solid lead, his wallet was found in the cab of the truck, but that it's not clear that he was also the perpetrator", said Burkhard Lischka of the Social Democrats, the junior governing party. In a pair of photos, he has a sparse beard and no mustache. "If it is proved that he is involved, we dissociate ourselves from it", Abdelkader reportedly said.

Amri's father told Tunisia's Mosaique FM radio that his son left his homeland about seven years ago, spent four years in a prison in Italy after being accused in a fire at a school there then moved to Germany more than a year ago.

An unnamed United States official told The New York Times that Amri had been on a USA no-fly list, had in the past allegedly researched online how to build a bomb and had had contact with IS via messaging service Telegram.

The fact that Amri would return to Italy, the only country where he has ever lived for any length of time in Europe, should surprise no one. No dates were given.

Islamic State's Amaq news agency released the footage of the 24-year-old's declaration of support for leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi just hours after he was confirmed dead. However, Tunisian authorities didn't finish all the paperwork in time, so Amri never was sent back to Tunisia.

The suspect's family lives in poverty and his parents are divorced, according to Mosaique FM radio. Klaus Kandt, the head of Berlin police, said that "it is unclear whether [the suspect] was really the truck driver". The surveillance was called off in September after no evidence was found to substantiate the warning.

His asylum request was rejected in June this year, but Amri couldn't be deported because he had no passport and Tunis denied he was a Tunisian citizen.

"It could be to kind of leave a trace and strengthen potential claims of responsibility", Otso Iho, an analyst with IHS Jane's, said of the abandoned ID documents.

German lawmaker Stephan Mayer said after being briefed by security officials Wednesday that Amri is thought to have links to Islamic extremists.