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Accused Berlin truck attacker pledged allegiance to Islamic State in video

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 01:17

The accused Berlin Christmas market attacker pledged his allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and called for Islamic State supporters to take revenge on ''crusaders'' bombing Muslims, a video posted on Amaq news agency showed. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). The Berlin Christmas market attacker pledged his allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and called for Islamic State supporters to take revenge on the "crusaders" bombing Muslims, a video posted on Amaq news agency showed. "My message to crusaders bombing Muslims daily-if God is willing, I swear to God that we will come to slaughter you, you pigs," 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri said in the video posted online. Amri is suspected of driving a truck that smashed through a Berlin market on Monday killing 12 people, and security forces across Europe have been trying to track him down. The truck mowed through a crowd of people and bulldozed wooden huts selling Christmas gifts and snacks beside a famous church in west Berlin. Militant group Islamic State acknowledged Amri's death and his suspected role in the German attack - for which it has claimed responsibility - through its Amaq news agency. "The executor of the Berlin attacks carries out another attack on Italian police in Milan and is killed in a shoot-out," it said. Italian police shot Amri dead, killing him after he pulled a gun on them during a routine check in the early hours of Friday. A police chief said his men had no idea they might be dealing with Amri when they approached him at around 3 a.m. (2200 EDT) outside a station in Sesto San Giovanni, a suburb of the northern city of Milan.

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Accused Berlin truck attacker pledged allegiance to Islamic State in video

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 01:17