Berlin Attack Suspect Killed in Milan Shootout

He pulled out gun during police check
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2016 4:11 AM CST
Updated Dec 23, 2016 6:28 AM CST
Berlin Attack Suspect 'Killed in Shootout'
This undated picture provided by Najoua Amri on Thursday shows the fugitive Tunisian suspected in Berlin's deadly Christmas market attack.   (Courtesy Najoua Amri to AP)

The man suspected of killing 12 in the Berlin Christmas market attack was shot dead in a Milan suburb early Friday, according to Italian authorities. The AP reports that Italy's interior minister, Marco Minniti, says the man killed in a shootout with police is "without a shadow of a doubt" Anis Amri, the 24-year-old Tunisian fugitive who was the subject of a Europe-wide manhunt. Minniti says Amri pulled out a gun when police officers on patrol decided he looked suspicious and asked for his papers, the Guardian reports. The minister says one officer was shot by Amri and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He says he called the officer in the hospital to thank him for his service and wish him a merry Christmas. A police source tells Reuters that fingerprints were used to confirm that the dead man was Amri.

Reuters' sources say extra police patrols were sent out after a tip that Amri might be in the area. The sources say a train ticket found on the body suggests he took a high-speed train from France to Turin before taking a local train to the Milan area. Paolo Gentiloni , who became Italy's new prime minister earlier this month, said he called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to tell her Amri had been killed. A German Interior Ministry spokesman said written confirmation hasn't been received yet, but "should this turn out to be true then the Interior Ministry is relieved that this person doesn't pose a threat anymore." (Read more Berlin attack stories.)

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