Berlin terror suspect Anis Amri has reportedly been on the U.S. no-fly list months before Monday’s deadly truck attack. Amri made it to the list due to previously discovered actions such as web-searching the makings of explosive devices and communicating with ISIS leaders via the group’s Telegram Messenger, according to U.S. officials.
The 24-year-old Tunisian terrorist has a long history of crime and red flagging actions throughout Europe. In 2010, he left his home country after stealing a truck. Later that year in Italy, Amri lit a refugee camp school on fire as a condemnation against “infidels.”
Later on in June 2015, Amri found his way to Germany and applied for asylum. He was rejected, but was never deported back to Tunisia. Since then, Amri was arrested on two other occasions after his asylum rejection, and German officials were concerned that he was plotting a “serious act of violent subversion.” Despite suspicions that Amri was offering himself as a suicide bomber, German authorities could not find concrete evidence to nab him as a terrorist or ISIS affiliate.
Other telling signs included Amri living with a suspected Islamic extremist as a roommate and worshipping an Iraqi-born German preacher who was later arrested due to connections to ISIS. Regardless, their investigations remained futile, and months later Amri was able to conduct Monday’s attack which left twelve people dead. Two of the victims were Americans, and Amri is still at large.
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