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Suspected Berlin attacker's past comes to light

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:47

The man wanted by police for his suspected role in the Berlin Christmas market attack is believed to have been on authorities' radar for some time after arriving in Europe as a migrant. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~** Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE New details emerging on how this man became Germany's most wanted, and questions on whether authorities missed key warning signs. Tunisian national Anis Amri, wanted in connection to Monday's (December 19) attack on a Berlin Christmas market claimed by Islamic State, His I.D. and fingerprints found in the wreck. His family back home saying he was a different person before he left for Europe, struggling to understand how he may have fallen into hardline militancy. A drinker, dabbling in drugs, and not religious. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic with English translation) WALID AMRI, BROTHER OF ANIS AMRI, SAYING: "He has no relation to terrorism. I spoke with him ten days ago and he told me he was coming to Tunisia in January." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic with English translation) ABDELKADER AMRI, BROTHER OF ANIS AMRI, SAYING: "I am sure that he did not do it. He went to Europe because of social reasons, to work and to help our family." They say he left for Italy with a group of men after the 2011 revolution. There, they were imprisoned for arson after getting into a fight. And his life in Tunisia wasn't spotless. A local police source telling Reuters he was convicted of stealing a car before he left. Young men from his poor rural hometown have left for jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. After jail time in Italy Amri stayed on authorities' radar. Eventually landing in Germany. His request for asylum denied, but deportation stopped due to a missing paperwork German media reporting he was in direct contact with Islamic State. And was planning a robbery, apparently to buy weapons. Twelve died in Monday's attack. Now a 100,000 euro reward for information leading to Amri's arrest, authorities saying he may be armed.

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Suspected Berlin attacker's past comes to light

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 01:47