Saturday 16 December 2017

Germany releases Tunisian suspect in Berlin truck attack

The aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas market. Photo: Reuters
The aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas market. Photo: Reuters
Twelve people were killed in the attack (AP)
The killer's truck after it ploughed through a Christmas market on December 19, 2016 in Berlin

German authorities have released a Tunisian man detained on suspicion of involvement in the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market last week that killed 12 people, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office said on Thursday.

"Further investigation has shown that the arrested person was not the possible contact person of Anis Amri and therefore he was released," Frauke Koehler said, referring to the man believed to have hijacked the truck and ploughed it into crowds at a Christmas market in the capital last week.

Investigators found the mobile phone number of the released 40-year-old Tunisian stored in the phone of Amri.

The spokeswoman said that a gun Amri used in the truck had the same caliber as the one he fired at Italian police in Milan, where he was shot dead last week. More tests were needed to determine whether it was the same gun.

She added that the truck's automatic breaking system stopped the vehicle 70 to 80 metres (164 yards) after it hit the market, avoiding more casualties.

Reuters

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