Italian police in Milan killed Tunisian terrorist suspect Anis Amri, 24, in a 3 a.m shootout. Amri is responsible for the gruesome truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market earlier this week. After three days on the run, police found him some 675 miles from Berlin in Italy.
Amri was killed in the Sesto San Giovanni district of the northern Italian city. He was pulled over in a vehicle by police officer Critian Morio, who asked for his identification. Amri then pulled a .22 calibre gun out of his backpack and fired at Morio, striking him. Thankfully, his injuries were not life-threatening. Police then returned gunfire, killing Amri.
Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti told reporters at a news conference that the dead man was “without any doubt” Amri. “Our police have done an extraordinary service to the community,” Minniti said. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told reporters he had informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the shootout.
Authorities are now retracing Amri’s last three days on the run following a 72-hour manhunt. Amri’s journey is not only raising questions about Germany’s inability to come to grips with radicals among its escalating refugee population, but also about general border security throughout Europe as well.
After fleeing Germany, Amri made his way to the French region of Savoy and then took a train to Milan, according to Italian news agency ANSA.
ISIS has officially claimed credit for Monday’s attack, which left 12 dead and more than 50 injured, including two Americans.
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