Berlin market attacker killed in Milan: Italian media
The prime suspect of Monday's deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Anis Amri, was killed during clashes with police in Milan city, an Italian news agency said Friday.
According to leading Italian ANSA news agency, Amri was killed earlier Friday in a shootout at Sesto San Giovanni district in Milan after he was stopped by the police officials for identity control.
Various investigative sources told ANSA that Amri pulled his gun from his bag instead of showing his identity to the police and was shot dead after opening fire on police.
He was identified on the basis of his appearance and fingerprints, anti-terrorism sources in Milan told ANSA.
Meanwhile, the Corriere della Sera newspaper said that a train ticket found on the dead body of the individual showed a taken voyage from France to Italy. Amir is believed to have entered Italy via France's Chambery town and went to Milan through Torino.
Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti confirmed that the individual was Amri.
"Without any doubt, this individual killed during clashes with the police is the suspect of the Berlin terror attack," he told reporters during a press briefing.
He did not give further details over the operation as the investigation continues but only said the Italian authorities were currently in close contact with their German counterparts.
On Monday, Amri, 24, with the truck attack killed at least 12 people and injured nearly 50 others at the market near the historical Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in German capital Berlin.
While the Daesh terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack, no concrete details have emerged whether Amri was related to Daesh.
Some media reports said shortly after the attack that Amri, as an illegal immigrant, had entered Italy in 2011 through the Lampedusa island by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.AA
Last Modified: 2016-12-23 11:37:44
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