4 said arrested over Berlin truck attack
- Author: Kyle Warner Dec 23, 2016,
Dec 23, 2016, 1:11
Twelve people died and 48 more were injured in the attack for which Islamic State later claimed responsibility.
An worldwide manhunt is under way to find him, with prosecutors issuing a public appeal for information along with the promise of a 100,000 euro (£84,000) reward for information leading to his arrest.
His fingerprints have been found inside the cab of the lorry.
This is Annis Amri - a Tunisian national who's identity document was found inside the truck.
Anger at security services was growing after it emerged Amri was known to be a terror threat and had been investigated over a previous plot, but not arrested.
Two American citizens were among those injured in the attack, a spokesman for the US embassy in Berlin said Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Amri's estranged father told a Tunisian radio station his son had a lengthy criminal past, being sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for aggravated robbery in his hometown of Oueslatia. Only on Wednesday this week did Tunis acknowledge he was from the country and forwarded on a passport to Berlin.
Here's what we know on Thursday, three days after the attack.
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The full details of when, and how, Amri came under authorities' radar is still not clear, but, right now, there appear to have been multiple red flags at least since his arrival in Germany, landing him on the terror watch list in January, according to the Guardian.
However, monitoring was lifted in September due to lack of evidence - Amri had been seen allegedly dealing drugs and brawling in a bar but nothing else, reports said. Furthermore, authorities released the Pakistani suspect after proven innocent.
The New York Times reported, citing USA officials, that Amri had done online research on how to make explosive devices and had communicated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria at least once, via Telegram Messenger.
He had had contact with Iraqi "hate preacher" Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah A., who was arrested by German police in November for setting up a recruitment network on behalf of the Islamic State group. According to the New York Times, U.S. intelligence picked him out on the internet, where he browsed for bomb-making instructions.
"They want to separate us". But he slipped through Germany's law enforcement net, and now officials are asking how that happened.
State prosecutors in Berlin launched an investigation of Amri on March 14 following a tip from federal security agencies, who warned that he might be planning a break-in to finance the purchase of automatic weapons for use in a possible future attack.
In mid-2016, Tunisian authorities listened in to a conversation between Amri and two ISIS jihadists before informing German authorities.
Berliners and visitors have laid candles and flowers at the site in tribute. Local media reported that four people had been arrested in connection with Amri, but German officials denied that report.