LONDON – Anis Amri, the man suspected of carrying out the Berlin Christmas market attack, has been shot dead in Italy.
Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti confirmed the Milan shootout in a press conference on Friday. He said there was not a “shadow of a doubt” that the man killed was 24-year-old Amri.
Minniti told the press that a routine Italian patrol stopped a car at 2 a.m. GMT on Friday morning and the man in the vehicle opened fire after pulling a pistol from his rucksack. He was subsequently killed and fingerprints identified him as Amri.
The developments in Italy conflicted with earlier reports. Reuters originally said the Tunisian, suspected of killing 12 people with a 40-tonne truck on Monday, could still be in Berlin after he was filmed by police in the city shortly after the atrocity. Later, the news agency said a man matching Amri’s description has been spotted in Aalborg, Denmark, and a police operation was underway.
Amri used to live in Italy and will have had knowledge of the country. He left Tunisia after the 2011 revolution and lived in Italy, according to AFP. Italian media said he served time in prison there for setting fire to a school.
German investigators revealed on Thursday that they had found Amri’s fingerprints inside the truck cabin, as well as other forensic evidence linking him to the attack. “We can report today that we have new information that the suspect is with high probability really the perpetrator,” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière told reporters.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “convinced” that the police and intelligence services will get their man. “There is highly professional work being carried out,” she said in a statement translated live on Sky News. “Millions of people are hoping that the perpetrator will be apprehended soon.”
This story is developing.