October 8, 2017 / 8:38 PM / 10 months ago

Brother of Marseille attacker arrested in Italy: police

ROME (Reuters) - (This October 8 story has been refiled to correct names of Marseille attacker and his brother, which had been switched in previous story.)

Anis Hannachi, the brother of Ahmed Hannachi, a Tunisian man who killed two young women with a knife outside the Marseille train station a week ago, is seen in this handout picture provided by the Italian Police in Rome on this October 9, 2017. Polizia Di Stato/Handout via REUTERS

Italian police said on Sunday they had arrested the brother of Ahmed Hannachi, the Tunisian man who killed two young women with a knife outside the Marseille train station a week ago in a suspected terrorist act.

An Italian anti-terrorism squad arrested 25-year-old Anis Hannachi in Ferrara, Italy, on Saturday evening on an international warrant issued by France, a police statement said.

A man installs candles in tribute to the two women who were stabbed to death on Sunday in a knife attack at the main train station in Marseille, France, October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

On Oct. 1, Ahmed Hannachi shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as he killed the women, French police sources said.

Ahmed Hannachi was shot dead by a French soldier. The militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, but did not name the assailant.

After what Italian police described as a “very complex” investigation, Anis Hannachi was tracked down in Italy, the statement said, and is being held on suspicion of complicity in his brother’s attack and membership in a terrorist group.

No other information was provided about the operation, which was coordinated with French judicial and anti-terrorism authorities, the statement said.

Reporting by Steve Scherer; Editing by Alison Williams

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