German officials have identified the main suspect in Monday’s terrorist attack at a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 and wounding 48 as a Tunisian migrant named Anis Amri.
German officials say Amri, 24, is on the loose, and is considered to be dangerous and possibly armed.
Amri was already under surveillance in Germany for possibly “preparing a serious act of violent subversion”and is said to have close ties to Ansar al-Sharia, a radical Islamist group.
The Wahington Post reported that Amri was rejected asylum earlier this year and was not deported because Tunisia refused to take him back.
According to a German security official with knowledge of the case, Amri earlier this year tried to buy a gun from an informant for the German authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
On Wednesday, German authorities released an official photo of the suspected terrorist, describing him as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 165 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
German authorities have also issued 100,000 euro ($105,000) reward for any information that leads to his capture.
German police said Amri’s wallet and other documents were found in the cab of the truck used in the attack, but he was not named as a suspect until Wednesday morning. Prior to the search for Amri, two men were arrested and released due to a lack of evidence linking them to the attack.
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