The suspected attacker in a deadly truck rampage at a Christmas market in Berlin has reportedly been killed in Italy.
An Italian news agency reports that a man killed in a shootout with police in Milan is Anis Amri, the Tunisian man who was suspected of carrying out the attack that killed 12 people. He was wanted in a Europe-wide manhunt.
ANSA reports that Amri was stopped by two officers during a routine police check in Milan early Firday. He pulled a gun from his backpack after being asked to show identity papers, and was killed in the ensuing shootout.
One officer was shot by Amri, but is said to be recovering in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other officer fatally shot Amri.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Monday attack in Berlin, which killed 12 and injured 56 others.
Authorities say Amri has used at least six different names and three nationalities during his travels around Europe. The 24-year-old left Tunisia in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and initially spent time in Italy.
Amri spent over 3 years in Sicilian prisons for setting a fire at a refugee center and making threats, among other things, but Italian authorities apparently detected no signs that he was becoming radicalized. However, German authorities had deemed Amri a potential threat long before the attack this week. He had been under covert surveillance for six months this year. The German government had been trying to depot him after his asylum application was turned down in July.
The Interior Ministry has called a news conference for Friday morning.
Meanwhile, German authorities say two Kosovo-born brothers were arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out an attack on a shopping mall. The men, aged 28 and 31, were detained shortly after midnight in the industrial Ruhr region.
Authorities say they’re probing the pair’s intentions, and whether anyone else was involved.
So far, there’s no indication of any connection with the Christmas Market rampage.