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Berlin attack suspect killed in Milan 'shootout'

  • Published at 09:44 am December 23rd, 2016
  • Last updated at 10:46 am December 23rd, 2016
Berlin attack suspect killed in Milan 'shootout'
The suspect in the Berlin Christmas market truck attack was killed in a shoot-out in a suburb of the northern Italian city of Milan on Friday,  said. Italy's Interior Minister Marco Minniti told a news conference that "without any shadow of a doubt" the man was 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri, wanted for the attack in Berlin. A police source said earlier Amri was identified by fingerprints. [caption id="attachment_41588" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti, left, and cheif of police Franco Gabrielli attend a news conference in Rome, Italy, to announce that the suspect in the Berlin truck attack was killed in a shoot-out in a suburb of Milan on December 23, 2016 Reuters Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti, left, and cheif of police Franco Gabrielli attend a news conference in Rome, Italy, to announce that the suspect in the Berlin truck attack was killed in a shoot-out in a suburb of Milan on December 23, 2016
Reuters[/caption] Minniti said a routine police patrol stopped Amri in a Milan suburb in the early hours of Friday morning. The man took out a pistol and opened fire, injuring one of the police officers. A short video posted on the website of Italian magazine Panorama suggested the shooting happened before dawn, with police gathered around a cordoned-off area in the dark. [arve url="http://www.panorama.it/embed-video/?id=1053847"/] The officer is now recovering. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which the truck mowed through a crowd of people and bulldozed wooden huts selling Christmas gifts and snacks beside a famous church in west Berlin. One of the 12 dead was the Polish driver from whom the truck had been hijacked. His body, stabbed and shot, was found in the cab. Police across Europe have been searching for the assailant since the attack on Monday. The report was one of several conflicting accounts on the whereabouts of the 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri. A man matching his description was seen in Aalborg in northern Denmark, the Danish police tweeted on Friday, saying people should keep away from the area as it had an ongoing operation there. Amri was also was caught on camera by police on a regular stake-out at a mosque in Berlin's Moabit district early on Tuesday a few hours after the attack, Germany's rbb public broadcaster reported. Amri was not a suspect at that time, and on Thursday morning, when police raided the mosque, they could not find him, rbb said. [caption id="attachment_41585" align="aligncenter" width="546"]This handout picture released by the German Federal Police Office (BKA) on December 22, 2016 shows an arrest warrant in Arabic for a Tunisian man identified as Anis Amri, suspected of being involved in the Berlin Christmas market attack that killed 12 people on December 19. German police launched a manhunt and requested an European arrest warrant for Anis Amri, a rejected asylum seeker suspected of involvement in a deadly truck assault on a Berlin Christmas market claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group AFP/BKA This handout picture released by the German Federal Police Office (BKA) on December 22, 2016 shows an arrest warrant in Arabic for a Tunisian man identified as Anis Amri, suspected of being involved in the Berlin Christmas market attack that killed 12 people on December 19. German police launched a manhunt and requested an European arrest warrant for Anis Amri, a rejected asylum seeker suspected of involvement in a deadly truck assault on a Berlin Christmas market claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group AFP/BKA[/caption] German investigators had said they believed Amri was still lying low in Berlin because he is probably wounded and would not want to attract attention, Der Tagesspiegel, reported citing security sources. In the early hours of Friday morning, special forces arrested two men suspected of planning an attack on a shopping mall in the city of OberhausenIn in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, police said in a statement. The men - two brothers from Kosovo, aged 28 and 31 - were arrested in the city of Duisburg on information from security sources, they said. A police spokesman said there was no connection between the Duisburg arrests and the Amri case, which has been claimed by Islamic State. Amri had been identified by security agencies as a potential threat and had had his application for asylum rejected, but authorities had not managed to deport him because of missing identity documents.
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