Authorities in Milan have killed the Tunisian man who drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday. The Wall Street Journal reported:
Italian police in the gritty Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood stopped Anis Amri just after 3 a.m. outside a train station for a routine check. When the officers asked the 24-year-old Tunisian for his identification, the man—who, according to Italian officials spoke fluent Italian—became agitated, pulled out a 22-caliber gun and began to shoot, shouting “Bastard police!”
As the police returned fire, Mr. Amri attempted to hide behind a car, but the agents pursued him, shooting him twice and killing him. One police officer received non-life-threatening injuries during the shootout, while a second agent was unharmed.
Italian police used fingerprints to identify the man, determining that it was “without a doubt” Mr. Amri, said Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti.
Amri drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing 12 people.
It turns out Amri traveled through France before ending up in Italy early Friday morning. But Milan’s police chief Antonio De Iesu said that Italian authorities did not receive any warning that Amri entered the country. But Amri knows Italy well:
German and Italian officials are investigating the possibility that Mr. Amri traveled to Italy to meet someone. “It is among the many hypotheses that we are looking at,” said Mr. Iesu. A judicial official said authorities were also considering whether he was looking to travel to the country’s south, a region that has been the main entry point for hundreds of thousands of migrants over the last several years and where many have settled.
Mr. Amri is familiar with Italy. He emigrated to the country from Tunisia in 2011, landing on the island of Lampedusa aboard a migrant boat.
Later that year, Italy rejected his application for a residency permit and he was arrested for setting a fire to a residence where he was housed. He then served nearly four years in a Palermo prison and was released last year.
The Italian government issued an order for him to be deported to Tunisia, but he didn’t comply. He later moved to Germany.
The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack. Its media agency released a video of Amir pledging allegiance to the terrorist group.DONATE
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