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Berlin attack suspect - what do we know?

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By Euronews
Berlin attack suspect - what do we know?

  • Anis Amri, 24, is the subject of a Europe-wide manhunt over the Berlin Christmas market lorry attack.

  • Police say he is an asylum seeker from Oueslatia in rural central Tunisia.

  • Amri’s father says his son left Tunisia seven years ago.

  • Media reports say he spent four years in prison in Italy over a fire in a school, after having arrived in the country and declared himself as an ‘unaccompanied child’ in 2011..

  • Ralf Jaeger, interior minister of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) says Amri arrived in Germany in July 2015 and his asylum application had been rejected.

  • Authorities wanted to deport him back to Tunisia but couldn’t because some of his documents were missing, added Jaeger.

  • Amri had been living in Berlin since February but had more recently been in NRW.

  • Police say Amri is 1.78 metres tall and weighs around 75kg. They say he could be armed and violent.

  • Amri had already been under surveillance amid suspicions he was preparing an attack, justice authorities in Berlin told AFP. They added he was also suspected of committing a robbery to finance the buying of automatic weapons.