Video Shows Berlin Suspect Vow to Fight 'Crusader Pigs'

Anis Amri pledges allegiance to ISIS' leader
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2016 11:46 AM CST
Video Shows Berlin Suspect Pledge Allegiance to ISIS
Anis Amri   (Uncredited)

A video released by the Islamic State shows the Tunisian suspect in the Berlin truck attack pledging allegiance to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and vowing to fight against what he calls "the Crusader pigs," the AP reports. The video, which appeared to have been taken by Anis Amri himself, shows him standing on a footbridge in the north of Berlin, not far from where he allegedly hijacked the truck used in the attack that killed 12 people and injured dozens more at a Christmas market on Monday. It is unclear whether the video, released online Friday, was taken before or after the attack.

Amri was killed Friday by police in Milan. He was supposed to have been deported from Germany, but authorities say they could not get the right papers from Tunisia. Tunisian authorities say the reason it took so long to issue Amri's papers is that they needed to carry out so many identity checks. Amri reportedly used at least six different names and three different nationalities in his travels around Europe. Tunisia's president has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he firmly condemns the "cowardly terrorist act." Meanwhile, French authorities are refusing to comment on how Amri apparently crossed into France and left again in the face of an international manhunt. Milan police announced that Amri was found in Italy with a train ticket from Chambery, France the day before. (Read more Anis Amri stories.)

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