On Wednesday, European officials and investigators began looking for a Tunisian male suspect due to documents recovered in the truck that rammed into a Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. The attack killed 12 people and injuring 48 others.
Originally, police arrested a Pakistani man who they believe matched the description of the suspect they were looking for. However, after confirming he had no involvement, they have since released him.
The Tunisian suspect, according to German media, is named either Ahmed or Anis A., though he reportedly used various aliases. Berlin police have received over 500 calls and tips about leads regarding the suspect, however none have been proven to be thoroughly legitimate.
Tunisian Interior Ministry and Foreign Ministry officials claim to not have any credible information about the possible suspect.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack on the market, similar to how they claimed credit for July’s deadly truck rampage in Nice, France. ISIS’s Amaq news agency did not identify the man seen fleeing from the truck. Despite not identifying the attacker, the terrorist organization described him as “a soldier of the Islamic State” who “carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition.”
“We don’t know for sure whether it was one or several perpetrators,” Germany’s top prosecutor, Peter Frank, told reporters. “We don’t know for sure whether he, or they, had support.”
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