European Arrest Warrant Issued for 23-Year-Old Tunisian After Berlin Truck Attack


Time: 11:30 a.m. CEST

The authorities in Germany said a young Tunisian who was not granted asylum in Germany could be a potential security risk in Europe, while the police was looking for a person  who plowed into a Berlin Christmas market on Monday, the New York Times reports. In the rampage at the Christmas market, 12 people died, and 48 suffered injuries, out of whom 12 are in critical condition. After the attack, the Islamic State group took the responsibility for the attack.

The Tunisian, which Europe looks for now is 23-year-old Anis Amri, with history of giving false names and could be dangerous. The Times explains that, “German news agencies reported that the man had ties to Abu Walaa, a 32-year-old Iraqi Salafist who was arrested in Germany last month and accused of recruiting would-be jihadists to fight for the Islamic State. A reward of 100,000 euros, or about $104,000, was offered for information leading to his arrest.”

However, it is not clear if the Tunisian is responsible for the attack. The attack and the information happen at the time when German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces open criticism on the open borders last year for about a million migrants and refuges. The Times, explains, “The German interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, confirmed that a manhunt was underway but would not get into specifics. “Success counts, and not speed or speculation,” he told reporters in Berlin.

According to BBC.com, Amri’s residence permit “was found in the cab of the lorry.” Reports suggest, as BBC.com writes, “he may have been injured in struggle with the lorry driver, found murdered in the cab.” One Polish citizen Lukasz Urban died in the passenger seat. He had gun shoot and stab wounds. As BBC.com says, “Investigators believe the lorry was hijacked on Monday afternoon as it stood in an industrial zone in north-western Berlin, Germany’s Bild tabloid reports.”

Europe’s warrant includes six aliases “used by Anis Amri, who at times tried to pass himself off as an Egyptian or Lebanese.” Tunisia denied he is their citizen. Amri travelled to Italy in 2012 and in Germany in 2015. He applied for asylum and had a stay until April this year. The authorities denied the asylum in June, but the papers “necessary for deportation had not been ready.”

 

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