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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

(Newser) – 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.

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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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