Friday 23 December 2016

Berlin lorry attacker shot dead by Italian police

Anis Amri, the man Tunisian behind the lorry attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, has been shot dead in Milan today.

Amri managed to travel undetected across Germany and through France and Switzerland to get to Italy thanks to the EU's open borders. He was eventually found in Milan where he got involved in a shootout with police and was shot dead by a newly qualified police officer.

Pictures of Amri have been published in Italian media showing him arriving in Italy posing as an asylum seeker in 2011. Shortly after arriving in Italy he burnt down a school and immigration reception centre and was locked up for 4 years. After being released from prison he wasn't deported but allowed to make his way to Germany where he was put on a danger list of suspected terrorists. He was arrested 3 times this year on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack but still wasn't deported.

Within minutes of being shot dead in Milan photos of his dead body were published in Italian media. A video of him pledging allegiance to ISIS was released by the group earlier today.