A Tunisian refugee who had previous ties to ISIS is now being sought in connection with Monday’s terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas Market that killed 12 people and injured 48.
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) December 21, 2016
Police are seeking Anis Amri, 23, whose ID was found in the front seat of the truck used in Monday’s attack. German media has said Amri is an asylum seeker registered in the North Rhine-Westphalia in Western Germany.
Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper linked Amri to a group of men arrested in November on suspicion of recruiting for ISIS in Syria.
The Daily Mail reported that Amri had been arrested in August for traveling with a false passport. Although his phone was being monitored, her went off the grid this month.
Citing “security sources,” The Daily Mail said Amri was “highly dangerous, and was part of a large Islamic organization.” Amri reportedly had weapons training abroad and was connected to a “network of leading Islamist ideologists,” The Daily Mail reported.
A Facebook account in Amri’s name shows “likes” of Tunisian terror group Ansar al-Sharia.
The ISIS-linked Amaq news agency said “a soldier of the Islamic State” carried out the carnage “in response to appeals to target citizens of coalition countries.”
Police believe Amri may be injured because of the amount of blood found in the truck that plowed into shoppers.
The Polish driver of the truck, Lukasz Urban, was found shot dead in the cabin as well as stabbed. Authorities believe there was a struggle in the cab of the truck and that Urban was alive until the crash.
Urban had arrived in Berlin that morning with a load of steel, according to Ariel Zuwarski, who owns the trucking company that employed Urban.
Urban called his wife at 3 p.m., but an hour later was no longer responding to phone calls.
Authorities examining the GPS in the truck believe that by 3:45 p.m. Monday, Urban was no longer in control of the truck.
On Tuesday, police released the 23-year-old Pakistani man first detained in connection with the case.
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