Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri killed in Milan

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The Berlin market attack suspect, Anis Amri, has been shot dead by police in Milan, Italy’s interior minister says.

The man opened fire on police who asked him for ID during a routine patrol in the Sesto San Giovanni area in the early hours of Friday.

German authorities say fingerprints they provided have confirmed the dead man is Amri. They are trying to find out if he had accomplices.

Monday’s attack on a Berlin Christmas market left 12 dead and 49 injured.

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When Italian police stopped the suspect, who was on foot, at 03:00 (02:00 GMT), he “immediately drew out a gun” and shot at the two policemen, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said.

Officer Cristian Movio was injured in the shoulder but his injuries are not life-threatening.

His junior colleague, Luca Scata, who had been in the police for just nine months, was the one who fired the shot which killed Amri.

German federal police handout pictures of Berlin market attack suspect Anis Amri (21 December)Image copyrightBKA / HANDOUT
Image captionGerman federal police released images of Anis Amri

German officials found Amri’s fingerprints inside the truck that was used in Monday evening’s attack.

Federal prosecutor Peter Frank said the focus of the criminal investigation into the killings now was to establish whether Amri had had a network of supporters who helped him to plan and carry out the attack or to flee.

Investigators are also trying to establish whether the gun used in the shooting in Milan is the same weapon used to kill the Polish driver of the truck, who was found dead with stab and gun wounds in the cab.

The attack took place at a busy Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the west of the German capital.

Italian police cordon off an area after a shootout between police and a man in MilanImage copyrightAP
Image captionThe shootout took place in the Sesto San Giovanni area of Milan

According to the Italian news agency Ansa, Anis Amri had travelled by train from France to Turin, and then taken another train to Milan.

From the central station he travelled on to Sesto San Giovanni, a working-class area.

Graphic showing location of shootoutImage copyrightBBC/GOOGLE
Injured police officer Cristian Movio talks on the phone in hospital, bandages on his shoulder
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Image captionPolice officer Cristian Movio was injured in the shoulder in the shootout

Amri, a Tunisian national aged 24, had served a prison sentence in Italy after being convicted of vandalism, threats and theft in 2011.

He was known to Italian authorities for his violent behaviour while imprisoned.

After his release he was asked to leave the country. He later arrived in Germany where he applied for asylum in April of this year.

His application was rejected by the German authorities but they were unable to deport him to Tunisia because he had no valid identification papers.

He was named as a suspect in the Berlin attack by German federal prosecutors, and a reward of up to €100,000 (£84,000; $104,000) was offered for information leading to his arrest.

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Candles and flowers are placed at Breitscheidplatz in remembrance of the victims of the 19 December terrorist attack in Berlin, Germany, 23 December 2016.Image copyrightEPA
Image captionMourning continues at Breitscheidplatz in central Berlin, where the attack took place
Lorry in daylight, at sceneImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe lorry’s Polish driver, Lukasz Urban, was found dead in the passenger seat

The German authorities issued an alert for Amri on Wednesday after immigration documents identifying him were found in the cab of the lorry used in the deadly attack.

Amri’s family had urged him to give himself up, and on Friday his mother criticised Italian and German security officials for not sending him back to Tunisia, where the rest of the family still live, in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

A spokesman for Germany’s interior ministry would not comment on reports in the German media that Amri had been filmed at a mosque in Berlin in the hours after the attack.

Separately, police arrested two people in the German city of Oberhausen on suspicion of planning an attack on a shopping centre.

Mr Minitti praised the two police officers who had apprehended Amri, and said the operation showed how Italy’s security system was working well.

“As soon as this person entered our country, a fugitive wanted across Europe, we immediately identified him and neutralised him,” the minister said.

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[sOURCE:-BBC]