Monday 19 August 2019

Berlin attack: Tunisian police arrest nephew of Christmas market terror suspect Anis Amri

Twelve people were killed in the attack on a Christmas market
Twelve people were killed in the attack on a Christmas market

Peter Walker

Tunisian police have arrested the nephew of the suspected Berlin Christmas market attacker and two other men thought to be "connected" to Anis Amri.

A statement says the three suspects were members of a "terrorist cell" that was "connected to the terrorist Anis Amri who carried out the terrorist attack in Berlin".

This trio, according to Tunisia's Interior Ministry, includes 18-year-old nephew Fredi who Amri allegedly sent money to so he could join him in Germany.

"One of the members of the cell is the son of the sister of the terrorist and during the investigation he admitted that he was in contact with his uncle through telegram," read the statement.

Amri allegedly urged his nephew to adopt jihadist 'takfiri' ideology and "asked him to pledge allegiance to Daesh".

The nephew also reportedly said that his uncle was the "prince" of a jihadist group based in Germany known as the "Abu al-Walaa" brigade.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the site of the attack in Berlin. (AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the site of the attack in Berlin. (AP)

The 24-year-old was shot dead by police in Milan in northern Italy after Amri opened fire when he was challenged during a routine patrol at around 3am local time.

The Tunisian, whose father said he was a drug-taking troublemaker who became a radical after moving to Europe, was traced across the continent after being linked to the bus crash that killed 12 people and injured 48.

Amri, who reportedly shouted 'Alluahu Akbar' in the Milan shootout, was hunted after his fingerprints and wallet were allegedly found in the truck.

Police in Spain are also investigating whether Amri was in contact with an extremist in Spain following a tip-off from German authorities, according to the Associated Press.

Berlin terror attack suspect Amis Amri, who was shot dead by police in Milan yesterday. Photo: AFP/Getty
Berlin terror attack suspect Amis Amri, who was shot dead by police in Milan yesterday. Photo: AFP/Getty

Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido told Spanish radio station Cope: "We are studying all possible connections [between Amri] and our country, above all with one specific person."

Amri's nephew was reportedly arrested in his hometown of Oueslatia while the other two were arrested in Tunis - reports the Associated Press.

The killer's truck after it ploughed through a Christmas market on December 19, 2016 in Berlin
The killer's truck after it ploughed through a Christmas market on December 19, 2016 in Berlin

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