German police have widened their hunt for a failed asylum seeker in conection with Monday night’s Berlin truck attack.
Tunisian-born Anis Amri is their chief suspect after his identity papers were reportedly found under the driver’s seat of the lorry which ploughed into crowds at a Christmas market.
While media reports that commandos raided two apartments in their search for Amri have been strongly denied, police have visited an asylum seekers home in far the west of the county.
The hunt for Amri was apparently known by German police before the attack has gone Europe-wide.
He had been reportedly monitored on suspicion of planning a robbery in order to pay for guns but surveillance was lifted for lack of evidence.
It has also been reported that Amri was on a “no fly list” because of alleged connection to radical Islam groups.
A €100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and a warning has been issued saying he may be violent and armed.
Since Monday’s attack in which 12 people died and 49 were injured the German cabinet approved plans agreed last month to allow more video surveillance of public places.