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3 arrested in Tunisia linked to Berlin suspect Anis Amri

December 24, 2016

4bkc2198b5f0cejy41_800c450Tunisia says its security forces have arrested three suspected terrorists linked to Anis Amri, the Tunisian national believed to be the perpetrator of the Berlin Christmas market attack that claimed the lives of a dozen people.

According to a statement released by the North African country’s Interior Ministry on Saturday, Amri’s nephew was among the trio, aged between 18 and 27, who were detained on Friday and were all members of a “terrorist cell… connected to the terrorist Anis Amri.”

Amri, 24, who was killed in a shootout with police in the northern Italian city of Milan on Friday, was believed to have hijacked a 40-ton truck and used it to mow down holiday revelers at a crowded Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church near Berlin’s Zoo station, on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring 50 others.

The Berlin deadly rampage was claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which released a video on Friday purportedly showed Amri as pledging allegiance to the terror group’s ringleader. It added that the assault was a response to Germany’s contribution to the so-called international coalition led by the United States that purportedly carries out airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

The Tunisian ministry further said that Amri had transferred a sum of money to his nephew, with whom he had communicated via social media, and also shared his Takfiri ideology with him, urging him “to pledge allegiance to Daesh.”

The Friday arrests come as German authorities are racing to find out whether Amri had received assistance from accomplices prior and after the carnage. German security services are also under fire for failure in netting Amri as he tried to slip through the border and enter Italy, despite a blanket security measure that had been enforced across the country to hunt him down.

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Nour Houda Amri, the mother of Anis Amri, the suspect in the Berlin terrorist attack, mourned on Friday outside the family home in Oueslatia, Tunisia. Credit Fethi Belaid/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


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