Monday 11 December 2017

Berlin markets attacker 'was high on a cocktail of coke and ecstasy'

Police believe Amri may have been under the influence of both cocaine and ecstasy during the attack last month which left 12 dead.
Police believe Amri may have been under the influence of both cocaine and ecstasy during the attack last month which left 12 dead.

James Rothwell

Anis Amri, the Berlin Christmas market attacker, may have been high on a cocktail of cocaine and ecstasy when he ploughed a truck into a crowds of shoppers in the German capital, police believe.

An internal police memo leaked to German newspaper 'Die Welt' indicates that investigators suspect that Amri (24) was a heavy drug user. Police believe Amri may have been under the influence of both cocaine and ecstasy during the attack last month which left 12 dead.

The memo goes on to say that Amri, a Tunisian-born failed asylum seeker, may also have been earning a living in Berlin by selling drugs, according to 'Bild'.

The Islamic terrorist was already known to have links to the drugs underworld, and in July was involved in a knife attack following a dispute over a deal.

His alleged drug habit goes strongly against the puritanical values of the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), on whose behalf he carried out the attack.

However, it has long been suspected that drinking and drug taking is common among the extremist group's lower ranks.

Salah Abdeslam, one of the architects of Isil's bomb and gun attack in Paris in November 2015, which killed more than 130 people, used to run a bar. His brother Ibrahim Abdeslam, who blew himself up in the attack, used to smoke cannabis and drink heavily, according to his ex-wife.

The disclosure was made as a senior ally of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said he was open to starting a parliamentary inquiry into whether authorities made mistakes in handling the jihadist.

Volker Kauder, the caucus leader of Mrs Merkel's conservative Union group, said there were questions over whether there were coordination problems between federal and state authorities. Amri had been rejected for asylum but authorities had been unable to deport him. He used at least 14 identities and was on their radar as a potential security risk. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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