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Berlin attack suspect named as Anis Amri

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 21, 2016 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Dec 21, 2016 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Berlin attack suspect named as Anis Amri
A sign reading "From Aleppo to Berlin" is placed at a makeshift memorial underneath the christmas tree near the Brandenburger Gate two days after an attack at the Christmas market near the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church), in central Berlin, on December 21, 2016. -AFP

A sign reading “From Aleppo to Berlin” is placed at a makeshift memorial underneath the christmas tree near the Brandenburger Gate two days after an attack at the Christmas market near the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church), in central Berlin, on December 21, 2016. -AFP

BERLIN: German prosecutors on Wednesday named their prime suspect in the deadly Berlin Christmas market attack as 24-year-old Tunisian national Anis Amri in a wanted notice.

The federal prosecutors office offered a reward of 100,000 euros ($104,000) for information leading to the arrest of Amri, who they warned “could be violent and armed”.

Meanwhile, Tunisian anti-terrorism police questioned the family of Anis, a security official told AFP.

“A unit of the anti-terrorism brigade has questioned the suspect’s family,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Tunisian security official said Amri’s parents were being questioned. Amri has four sisters and a brother, the source said, but it was unclear if anyone else was being questioned.

The source said Amri had been arrested several times in Tunisia for alleged drug use.

He fled Tunisia to Italy after the 2011 revolution that overthrew longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and spent three years there before travelling on to Germany, the source said.

Contacted by AFP, Tunisia’s interior and foreign ministries refused to comment on the case. –AFP

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