German police have revealed they are looking for Anis Amri, 23, a refugee who came to Germany earlier this year, in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack that left 12 people dead and over 50 injured. Police warn that Amri is armed, highly dangerous, and is part of a large Islamic organization. Law enforcement officials told CBS News that Amri left documents in the truck, specifically, they found the suspect’s ID and asylum papers under the driver’s seat.
Update 12/23/2016: Anis Amri has been shot and killed by Italian police in Milan.
Amri was born in the desert town of Tataouine in 1992, and was apparently recently arrested for GBH but vanished before he could be charged. He is the main suspect in the Berlin attacks. Amri used a pistol to kill Polish truck driver Lukasz Uran, before taking control of the truck, which he then drove directly into the market at Breitscheidplatz, which is near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
via Daily Mail:
In August 2016 he was arrested with a fake Italian passport and released but his phone was said to be monitored. He then disappeared in December, according to Die Welt. A Facebook profile in his name shows ‘likes’ linked to Tunisian terror group Ansar al-Sharia whose extremists murdered 22 at Tunis’ Bardo Museum in March 2015 and then 39 tourists at a beach resort in Sousse.
Amri has temporary permission to stay in the country but was due to face an asylum hearing. Police are believed to have found his blood in the truck’s cab and now assume that the suspect may be badly injured.
Amri was living in Berlin but police believe he has links to North Rhine-Westphalia – the industrial region of Germany containing Cologne, Dortmund and Bonn. His ID was issued on the town of Kleve close to the border with the Netherlands and Belgium.
Update 12/23/2016–A video has surfaced of Anis Amri pledging his allegiance to ISIS. You can see that video below:
The hunt for Amri took on an added urgency after ISIS claimed responsibility. Amri remains on the loose, and it’s unclear how close German law officials are to catching the suspect or any accomplices. They’ve asked the public for help, and so far, have received 500 tips.
Who Is Anis Amri?
Anis Amri is a 23-year-old Tunisian man who is wanted in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack.
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