Amid Manhunt, Brother Urges Berlin Suspect to Turn Self In

Market reopens as Trump appears to double down on Muslim ban in US
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 22, 2016 5:27 AM CST
Updated Dec 22, 2016 5:45 AM CST
Brother Urges Berlin Suspect to Turn Himself In
People walk over the re-opened Christmas market, three days after a truck ran into the crowd and killed several people, at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016.   (Markus Schreiber)

A brother of the fugitive Tunisian suspected in Berlin's deadly Christmas market attack is urging Anis Amri to turn himself in to police. Amri's family members, speaking from his hometown of Oueslatia in central Tunisia, were shaken to learn he's the prime suspect in Monday's truck attack, which killed 12. Amri, who turned 24 on Thursday, left Tunisia years ago for Europe but had been in regular contact with his brothers via Facebook and phone. "I ask him to turn himself into the police," brother Abdelkader Amri tells the AP. "If it is proved that he is involved, we dissociate ourselves from it." He says his brother may have been radicalized in prison in Italy, where he went after leaving Tunisia in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings. In other developments:

  • German media reported several locations were searched overnight, including a house in Dortmund and a refugee home in Emmerich on the Dutch border. Federal prosecutors, who are leading the investigation, declined to comment. The manhunt also prompted police in Denmark to search a Sweden-bound ferry in the port of Grenaa after receiving tips that someone resembling Amri had been spotted. But police said they found nothing indicating his presence.

  • German officials had deemed Amri, who arrived in the country last year, a potential threat long before the attack. They had been trying to deport him after his asylum application was rejected, and politicians are now bickering over what conclusions should be drawn.
  • The Berlin market that was attacked has reopened. Concrete blocks have been put in place at the roadside to heighten security. Organizers decided to reopen the market next to the central Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Thursday, though without party music or bright lighting. Berliners and visitors have laid candles and flowers at the site in tribute.
  • Israel Foreign Ministry rep Emmanuel Nahshon said Thursday that citizen Dalia Elyakim was among those killed in the attack. Elyakim was visiting Berlin with her husband Rami and had been missing since the attack. Her husband was seriously wounded but is now stable. The couple, in their 60s, loved to travel, friends say.
  • Donald Trump, when asked Wednesday if the attack in Berlin would cause him to evaluate the proposed ban or a possible registry of Muslims in the United States, said "You know my plans. All along, I've been proven to be right, 100% correct," the AP reports. " A transition rep said later that Trump's plans "might upset those with their heads stuck in the politically correct sand."
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