Berlin attacker shot dead in Milan

La Polizia
  • Heyami Alghatta

Italian interior minister Marco Minniti say Amri has been identified and killed “without a shadow of doubt”

The attacker in the tragic HGV attack on a christmas market in Berlin has been shot by police in the Italian city of Milan.


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Anis Amri, the prime suspect in the Berlin attacks was the subject of an EU wide manhunt following the issue of a European Arrest Warrant.

In an attack that lest 12 dead and scored in critical conditions in hospital it is believed that Amri stabbed and shot the Polish HGV driver during a hijacking an a part of Berlin not covered by CCTV, before test driving the vehicle for 30 minutes around the capital.

The vehicle was then used to crash through wooden food and drink stalls at a busy christmas market.

Authorities claim to have discovered a video of Amri pledging allegiance to Da’ish Al-Dawla who had earlier claimed responsibility for the attack, a claim Germany has dismissed as untrue.

The group’s own media organisation ‘Amaq’ released the footage of the 24 year old Tunisian’s declaration of support just hours after Amri was confirmed dead according to German authorities.

It is not however clear whether or not the footage was filmed before or after the attack itself.


Amri was stopped at a train station in the northern Italian city of Milan at approximately 03:00 Italian time on Friday 23rd December 2016. When confronted by Italian police Amri drew a gun from his backpack and opened fire on the officers.

One officer was shot requiring surgery for what doctors described as a “superficial wound” to the shoulder. The wounded police officer’s partner fatally shot Amri in the chest.

It is believed that the Italian authorities had tracked Amri’s journey from Germany through France just hours before he arrived in to Milan. However Police chief Antonio De Lesu disagrees with this statement claiming that the Italian authorities had no intelligence or information at all suggesting that Amri had or was planning to arrive into Milan.

“They had no perception that it could be him otherwise they would have been much more cautious. “

Amri’s body was identity confirmed in Italy via fingerprint matching.

 Amri is known to have used at least six different names and 3 different false nationalities in his travels around the EU.

Amri previously spent 3 and a half years in jail in Italy for arson at a refugee detention centre.

Amri finally arrived in Germany at the end of 2015 seeking asylum, his application was rejected. Amri had been under secret surveillance in Germany prior to the attacks for six months. Authorities failed to deport or detain Amri due to lack of valid papers. Tunisia initially claimed that Amri was not a citizen.

It is believed that Amri remained in Berlin itself for at least a few hours after the attacks with CCTV footage showing him at a mosque in the early hours of Friday morning.


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