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Terrorist attack in Berlin: Anis Amri - the most wanted man in Europe
13:58, 22 December 2016
Terrorist attack in Berlin: Anis Amri - the most wanted man in Europe

Amri served four years in prison in Italy after he was involved in an arson attack on a school

13:58, 22 December 2016

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Anis Amri, suspected of the Berlin attack, left Tunisia seven years ago as an illegal immigrant and spent four years in prison, Amri's father told Tunisia's Radio Mosaique.

An international manhunt is under way for an "armed and dangerous" Tunisian man with ties to Islamic extremists who has been identified as a suspect in the Berlin lorry attack which left 12 dead.

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Amri's father told Tunisia's Radio Mosaique that he had left Tunisia seven years ago as an illegal immigrant and served four years in prison after he was involved in an arson attack on a school. Amri left for Germany more than a year ago, his father said. The elder Amri said he was not in touch with his son, though the younger Amri maintained sporadic contact with his siblings.

Reuters

According to the Telegraph, Anis Amri, 24, a Tunisian asylum seeker who arrived in Germany last year, was investigated for “preparing a serious crime endangering national safety”, involving funding the purchase of automatic weapons for use in a terrorist attack.

The federal prosecutor's office offered a reward of up to 100,000 euros (£84,400) for information leading to the capture of the suspect, whom it identified as 24-year-old Anis Amri, reported by Reuters.

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