Possible Accomplice in Berlin Attack Arrested
Man, 40, 'may have been involved,' say prosecutors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 28, 2016 10:30 AM CST
In this frame grab made available by the Italian police, Anis Amri walks through a Milan train station on Dec. 22.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – German prosecutors say they've detained a Tunisian man they think may have been involved in last week's truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. The 40-year-old, who wasn't identified, was detained during a search of his home and business, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, per the AP. The man's telephone number was saved in the cellphone of Anis Amri, a fellow Tunisian believed to have driven a truck into the market on Dec. 19. Amri, 24, was killed in a shootout with police in a suburb of Milan early Friday. Of the new suspect, prosecutors said "further investigations indicate that he may have been involved in the attack," which killed 12 people. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Prosecutors have until Thursday evening to determine whether the case against the 40-year-old is strong enough for them to seek a formal arrest warrant. That would allow them to keep him in custody pending possible charges. Investigators are trying to determine whether Amri had a support network in planning and carrying out the attack, and in fleeing Berlin. They're also trying to piece together the route he took from Berlin to Milan. Italian police have said Amri traveled through France, and French authorities said on Tuesday that he made a stop in the eastern French city of Lyon. On Wednesday, Dutch authorities said they are checking whether he fled through the Netherlands, Germany's western neighbor.

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