Berlin Attacker Shot in Milan
Anis Amri, the Tunisian man suspected of staging the Berlin, Germany Christmas market attack, has been killed in a shootout with an Italian police officer in Milan, Italy, where he once lived. According to CNN, Amri may have escaped across two European borders - both those of Italy and France - before ending up in Milan. When a police officer asked for his papers on routine patrol, he pulled out a gun and fired, injuring one officer, who survived but is being treated in a hospital. Amri is a Tunisian asylum seeker who was living in Germany and had attempted to get refugee status in that country to no avail. News has emerged that he was already on the radar screen by German and possibly American authorities for ties to ISIS and possibly terrorist planning activity and his phone was being monitored. This has led to questions about why he could not be stopped. Amri is believed to have driven a large truck hijacked from a Polish truck driver named Lukasz Urban and used it to plow at a high rate of speed into a group of people on a sidewalk at a popular Christmas market in Berlin. Such markets, known in German as a Weihnachtsmarkt, speckle the German countryside during the holiday season. Twelve people died in the terrorist attack, although not all have been publicly identified. The dead include Urban, the Polish truck driver, who is believed to have been killed by the terrorist at the scene of the Christmas market. Here, Italian police and forensics experts gather around the body of suspected Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri after he was shot dead in Milan on December 23, 2016.
The Tunisian man suspected of carrying out the deadly Berlin truck attack at the Christmas market was shot dead by police in Milan on December 23, Italy's interior minister Marco Minniti said. The minister told a press conference in Rome that Anis Amri had been fatally shot after firing at two police officers who had stopped his car for a routine identity check around 3:00 am (0200 GMT). Identity checks had established "without a shadow of doubt" that the dead man was Amri, the minister said. (getty)