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Berlin suspect’s fingerprints in truck suggest he drove it

BERLIN: Tunisian suspect Anis Amri’s fingerprints have been found in the cab of the truck that plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin, indicating that he was driving the vehicle, German officials said on Thursday.

Authorities across Europe were scrambling to find the 24-year-old suspect, a day after Germany issued a wanted notice for him and warned that he may be “violent and armed.” In Berlin, the Christmas market that was ripped apart by the truck attack reopened, with increased security measures, in a signal of the city’s resilience.

German authorities have offered a reward of up to 100,000 euros ($104,000) for information leading to Amri’s arrest. Twelve people were killed and 56 wounded in Monday evening’s rampage, which was claimed by IS.

“We can tell you today that there are additional indications that this suspect is with high probability really the perpetrator,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said after visiting the Federal Criminal Police Office along with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“Fingerprints were found in the cab, and there are other, additional indications that suggest this,” he told reporters. “It is all the more important that the search is successful as soon as possible.”

Frauke Koehler, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors, specified that Amri’s fingerprints were found on the driver’s door and the side of the vehicle. “We believe that Anis Amri was steering the truck,” she said.

Investigators searched properties in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin where Amri is believed to have spent time, and also checked a bus in the south-western city of Heilbronn after receiving a tip, she added. They didn’t make any arrests.

Italy’s justice ministry confirmed media reports that Amri was repeatedly transferred among Sicilian prisons for bad conduct, with prison records saying he bullied inmates and tried to spark insurrections.

He served three years for setting a fire at a refugee centre and making threats, among other things but Italy apparently detected no signs that he was becoming radicalised.

German officials put out an arrest warrant for Amri after finding a document belon ging to him in the cab of the truck.

They say he has used at least six different names and three nationalities in his travels around Europe.

courtesy : dawn news



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