Berlin Attack Suspect Was Under Surveillance for Months

Berlin Attack Suspect Was Under Surveillance for Months | Tunisian’s asylum request was rejected, he faced deportation

Having arrested and ultimately released an innocent Pakistani refugee over the Berlin Christmas market truck attack earlier this week, German officials are now scrambling to find Anis Amri, the new suspect, a 24-year-old Tunisian who unsuccessfully sought asylum in the country.

Investigators now say they discovered Amri’s wallet in the truck, and they are confident he was responsible. Amri was also said to have been under surveillance by the German government for several months, though they ended that surveillance back in September.

Details of Amri’s background are scant, though officials did say that he had “interacted” with a 32-year-old man from Iraq who was accused of recruiting for ISIS. ISIS has claimed that the truck attack was carried out by one of their “soldiers,” but it’s unclear if that was true.

Berlin prosecutors suggested that they didn’t find any evidence of ISIS ties during his previous surveillance, and considered him only a “small-time drug dealer.” he is not the subject of an international manhunt, with German officials saying he could be anywhere in the EU by now.

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  • Mikronos

    Anywhere in the EU without a wallet? He must have another set of ID and credit cards.

    • dieter heymann

      If he was a drug dealer as asserted by the German authorities he may well have had an assortment of ID’s and credit cards. There may also exist an “underground railroad” which he can use to get not only out of Germany but out of Europe.
      During WW2 a fairly effective “ur” existed to get downed allied pilots back to England under much more difficult circumstances.

  • RickR35

    Another of these convenient “left his ID at the crime scene” scenarios. And then after causing havoc he just walked away unimpeded as if nothing happened?

    • dieter heymann

      Unless Amri is arrested alive and tells exactly what happened in the truck we may never know how his ID was left in the truck.
      Unharmed people at the crime scene would have rushed to help the injured. It may therefore have been fairly easy for Amri to ” walk away unimpeded as if nothing happened”. Last year I have been at the Christmas Market of Biberach in Southern Germany. The crowd was thick.