Berlin attack suspect killed in shootout in Milan, say Italian officials
Tunisian national Anis Amri, who was the prime suspect in the Berlin truck attack on Monday, was shot dead, confirmed Italian officials.
Anis Amri, the Tunisian national who was a suspect in the Berlin truck attack, was shot dead by security officials on Friday, said Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti in a press conference.
The shootout happened at 3 a.m. local time (0200 UTC) on Friday, when Italian police gunned down Amri, when he started firing at the cops. One cop, who was wounded in the incident, is recovering in hospital, added Minniti.
German Chancellor Anglea Merkel has expressed joy over the killing of Amri. The attack in Berlin on Monday this week killed 12 people, and the banned Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) had claimed responsibility for the attack, said officials.
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Italian magazine Panorama had released a video of the shootout, which showed the police operation that took place before dawn after officials cordoned-off the area.
Earlier, the Netherlands Police also released images of the suspect via social media on Friday urging people to avoid Aalborg in northern Denmark, where he was suspected to be hiding after the attack. Security agencies also recorded the suspect moving around near a mosque in Berlin's Moabit district, following the attack, though at that time they were not sure about his role in the attack, said the German rbb channel. He also managed to escape arrest when police raided the mosque on Thursday to nab the attackers.
Security agencies suspected that Amri has been hiding in Berlin because he might have been injured and didn't want to be chased by police, said media.
However, the breakthrough came when police nabbed two Kosovo nationals on Friday morning for their alleged links in planning an attack on a mall in the German city of Oberhausen. Amri has been on the lookout list of police as a potential threat and German officials have rejected his asylum request earlier.
However, officials couldn’t deport him since he didn't have any identity documents.