Another radical Islamist bites the dust.
Anis Amri, the 24-year-old Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, killing 12 and wounding 56, was shot dead by Italian police in Milan.
After Amri’s fingerprints were found in the truck found at the scene, a “Europe-wide manhunt” inside,
Two Police pulled over Amri on routine traffic stop and asked for his paperwork, that is when the alleged terrorist reached for a gun hidden in a backpack and shot one police officer. The other police officer fatally shot Amri.
Here is some background. Amri was also a refugee.
It was unclear how and when Amri traveled from Berlin to Milan. German authorities issued a Europe-wide wanted notice for him on Wednesday, two days after the attack.
Authorities say Amri has used at least six different names and three nationalities in his travels around Europe.
He left Tunisia in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and initially spent time in Italy.
He was repeatedly transferred among Sicilian prisons for bad conduct, with prison records saying he bullied inmates and tried to spark insurrections. He served 3 years for setting a fire at a refugee center and making threats, among other things – but Italy apparently detected no signs that he was becoming radicalized.
German authorities had deemed Amri, who arrived in the country last year, a potential threat long before the attack this week – and even kept him under covert surveillance for six months this year.
They had been trying to deport him after his asylum application was rejected in July but were unable to do so because he lacked valid identity papers and Tunisia initially denied that he was a citizen. -TB Times