Monday 1 May 2017

'Accomplice' had lavish dinner with Berlin market attacker

A family member holds a portrait of 24-year-old Anis Amri, the prime suspect in Berlin's deadly truck attack
A family member holds a portrait of 24-year-old Anis Amri, the prime suspect in Berlin's deadly truck attack
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A suspected accomplice who dined with Anis Amri at a Berlin restaurant the night before the Tunisian jihadist drove a lorry into a crowded Christmas market and murdered 12 people was arrested yesterday.

It came as newly released CCTV footage showed Amri had spent two hours at Brussels North station, arriving from Amsterdam, two days after the attack, before travelling to Italy via France.

The suspect, a 26-year-old Tunisian who has not been named under German privacy laws, was held overnight after a raid on Tuesday at a refugee shelter in the Berlin suburb of Spandau. Prosecutors said they believed he knew about Amri's plans for the attack and may even have assisted.

The two men shared a lavish dinner at a restaurant in the Gesundbrunnen neighbourhood of Berlin the night before the December 19 attack.

The arrest came as prosecutors said Amri was captured on CCTV making a provocative gesture after the attack. Minutes after ploughing the lorry into people gathered at the Christmas market, Amri was recorded by security cameras raising his index finger in the gesture beloved of Isil and other jihadists. (© Daily Telegraph, London) Justin Huggler

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