The latest from Berlin: Shootout in Milan

The latest in the Berlin terror truck massacre comes from Milan. Tunisian terror truck suspect Anis Amri has been killed in a shootout with police. The Telegraph reports:

he Tunisian man suspected of carrying out the Berlin truck attack was shot dead by police in Milan on Friday, Italy has confirmed.

Anis Amri, 24, was accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in Monday’s assault on a Christmas market, which has been claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Italy’s interior minister Marco Minniti told a press conference in Rome that Amri had been fatally shot after firing at police who had stopped his car for a routine identity check at around 3am (02.00 GMT).

Identity checks had established “without a shadow of doubt” that the dead man was Amri, the minister said.

The Wall Street Journal has also posted a report from Milan with additional details:

One police officer was injured, but his injuries aren’t life-threatening, according to police. A second was unharmed.

Mr. Amri entered Italy from France, arriving in Turin at about 9 p.m. Thursday evening, according to a police official. He then traveled to Milan.

German federal police had issued a rare international wanted notice for Mr. Amri—who arrived in Germany last year after time in an Italian prison—and offered a €100,000 ($104,000) reward, warning that he could be armed and dangerous.

In brief remarks to the press Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said that he notified German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the shooting early Friday morning. German authorities were continuing their search for potential accomplices, despite the apparent death of the main suspect.

German authorities have come under criticism over accusations they failed to stop Mr. Amri, a 24-year-old asylum seeker, despite being aware of his radicalization.

Since the Monday attack that left 12 dead, German security and judicial officials have said they had known about the potential risks he posed for about a year, had put him under surveillance and even detained him briefly, but failed to deport him and later lost track of him.

The extent of authorities’ prior knowledge and growing concern about the danger Mr. Amri posed was made even more apparent on Thursday when a senior U.S. official said Germany had notified the U.S. about him. U.S. authorities then added his name to a terrorism watch list.

German officials in November provided more information and U.S. officials decided to put Mr. Amri’s name on a no-fly list, an indication that they believed he posed a more significant threat than they previously thought, the official said.

The Daily Mail is first out with a profile of the police officer who nailed Amri. The Daily Mail also has much more here.

In one way or another, the saga will continue and resonate.


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