Report: Berlin attacker was part of Europe-wide network
BERLIN (AP) — German weekly Der Spiegel says the Tunisian man who carried out a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market in 2016 was part of a Europe-wide network of Islamic...
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged a Russian national with plotting an Islamic extremist bombing in Germany with an alleged accomplice arrested in France for...
German minister defends deporting Berlin attacker’s friend
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Thursday defended the deportation of an Islamic extremist who had dinner with Anis Amri, the perpetrator of the 2016 Berlin Christmas market...
German govt denies cover-up over Berlin Xmas market attack
BERLIN (AP) — The German government pledged Friday to investigate the deportation of a Tunisian man shortly after the deadly 2016 truck rampage on a Berlin Christmas market, but denied media...
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have reportedly issued an arrest warrant for a 32-year-old Tunisian man on suspicion he aided in a terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market in 2016.
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have closed an investigation of two Berlin police officials who were suspected of manipulating documents related to a rejected Tunisian asylum-seeker after he killed 12 people in an attack on a Christmas market in 2016.
BERLIN (AP) — Six people were detained in connection with what police and prosecutors allege was a plan to carry out an attack on Berlin's half-marathon Sunday, German authorities said. A police spokesman later said that no athletes or spectators had been in danger.
"There were isolated indications that those arrested, aged between 18 and 21 years, were participating in the preparation of a crime in connection with this event," prosecutors and police wrote in a joint statement.
ROME (AP) — Italian police have arrested five people connected to Anis Amri, the Tunisian who carried out the 2016 Berlin Christmas market truck attack and was later killed in a shootout with police in Italy.
In a statement Thursday, police said one of the five was believed to have procured the fake Italian identity papers that allowed Amri, a failed asylum-seeker, to move around Europe.
German official: police missed terror suspect’s phone photo
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say investigators somehow didn't spot a photo of a Tunisian terrorist suspect holding a firearm when evaluating data on his cell phone, months before he killed a dozen people in a truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market.
North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister Herbert Reul said Monday the phone was confiscated during a police spot-check in Berlin in February, 2016, and 12,000 media files were sent to investigators in his state, where the suspect was living.
Report: Police informant may have incited Berlin attacker
BERLIN (AP) — German media report that the Tunisian man who carried out a deadly truck attack in Berlin last year may have been incited by a police informant.
Daily Berliner Morgenpost reported Friday that a police informant codenamed VP-01 is suspected of having encouraged several Islamic extremists to carry out violent attacks.
The newspaper reports that the man, who was a source for police in North-Rhine Westphalia state, had lengthy contact with truck attacker Anis Amri.
Berlin probe: Xmas market attacker could have been thwarted
BERLIN (AP) — The Tunisian man who carried out last year's deadly truck rampage at a Christmas market in Berlin could have been detained and possibly deported months before the attack, a special investigator said Thursday.
Missing handprint may have slowed Berlin attacker expulsion
BERLIN (AP) — The Tunisian who drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market last year may have avoided deportation because German authorities were slow to pass on a handprint demanded by his home country.
Twelve people were killed in Dec. 19 attack later claimed by the Islamic State group. Suspect Anis Amri died in a shootout with Italian police.
BERLIN (AP) — Police in Berlin have raided six sites across the German capital and detained nine people, some with links to Islamic extremism.
In a statement Wednesday, police said the men were wanted on suspicion of organized drug dealing.
Police said arrest warrants existed for three of those detained and a fourth person was due to appear before a judge Wednesday. Authorities consider the four to be "part of the Islamist spectrum willing to use violence."
BERLIN (AP) — An official document has surfaced that suggests the man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people, could have been arrested before the attack, the city's top security official said Wednesday.
Authorities are looking into the possibility that officials at the German capital's criminal police office deliberately withheld or even tampered with the information after the attack, said Andreas Geisel, Berlin's state interior minister.
MILAN (AP) — Italy has expelled a 36-year-old Tunisian who had maintained contacts with the Berlin Christmas market attacker.
The Interior Ministry said Saturday that the Tunisian was identified after the attacker, Anis Amri, was shot to death near Milan following the Berlin truck attack that killed 12.
ROME (AP) — Italian police said Friday they have arrested a Congolese man suspected being part of a Berlin-based terror cell and of having had contacts with the man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in the city, authorities said Friday.
BERLIN (AP) — A Tunisian man whose asylum application had been rejected appears to have been the sole perpetrator of the attack on a Berlin Christmas market even though he was in contact with a member of the Islamic State group outside Germany, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
German prosecutors said they have found no evidence so far that anyone else in the country besides suspect Anis Amri was involved in planning or carrying out the Dec. 19 attack, in which 12 people were killed.
German to deport alleged attacker to Tunisia
BERLIN (AP) — A Tunisian man, who allegedly was involved in an attack on the Bardo National Museum that killed more than 20 people in Tunis in 2015, can be deported from Germany.
German public broadcaster ARD reported Sunday that German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere confirmed Tunisia had sent the documents needed to deport him.
The man's name wasn't given, but ARD reported he also participated in a March 2016 attack on a Tunisian town.
ROME (AP) — A Tunisian man has been expelled from Italy for alleged links to the suspected Berlin Christmas marketplace truck attacker.
The Italian interior ministry said Sunday that the man was put on a flight to Tunis. It didn't identify the man or say when the expulsion occurred.
A ministry statement said the 37-year-old man was living in Latina, south of Rome and associated there with "radical" companions who opposed the moderate imam at the local mosque.
MILAN (AP) — An Italian official says that the autopsy on the chief suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack indicated frequent drug use.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia agreed Friday to speed its acceptance of 1,500 citizens whose asylum applications were rejected by Germany, accepting a 250-million-euro ($264 million) loan to help develop rural regions and create jobs for young people.
Merkel visits Egypt, Tunisia to talk about migration
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Egypt and Tunisia this week to discuss migration and development in the North Africa nations.
Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said Wednesday that Berlin is interested in helping Egypt strengthen its coastguard and clamp down on illegal trafficking across the Mediterranean, which leads to thousands of deaths each year.
German police raid sites linked to radical mosque in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) — Police on Tuesday searched dozens of sites in Germany linked to a mosque that was frequented by the Berlin market attacker Anis Amri, after authorities banned the Islamic group that operated it.
Some 450 officers raided 24 locations in Berlin, the neighboring state of Brandenburg, and Hamburg in northern Germany starting at 6 a.m. In addition to the mosque itself they searched 15 apartments, two company offices and six prison cells. No arrests were made.
Merkel, Tunisian premier pay tribute to Berlin attack dead
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Tunisian Prime Minister Yousseh Chahed have paid tribute to the 12 people killed and dozens injured in a truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin carried out by a Tunisian man whose asylum application was rejected.
The two leaders placed individual white roses Tuesday at a makeshift memorial to the Dec. 19 attack victims in Berlin.
Belgium, France, Netherlands to introduce rail ID checks
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has sealed an agreement with France and the Netherlands to draw up passenger lists and introduce passport checks on Thalys and Eurostar international rail services.
Interior Minister Jan Jambon told VRT broadcaster Friday that the move will tighten security on the high-speed trains and help track criminals who might be using them.
"The aim is to have the system operational by the end of the year," Jambon said.
German intel head warns against threat of attacks
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency is warning that Europe needs to remain vigilant against the threat of extremist attacks.
Hans-Georg Maassen told reporters in Berlin Thursday his agency has 548 extremists considered potentially dangerous enough to carry out an attack under surveillance.
He says: "We have to assume that there will be more attacks in Europe and that means also more in Germany."
German parliament pays tribute to market attack victims
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament has paid tribute to the 12 people killed in the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin a month ago.
Speaker Norbert Lammert told lawmakers Thursday that "terror aims to shake, paralyze and destabilize democratic societies. The terrorists did not achieve this aim in Germany."
Seven Germans were among the victims, along with people from Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Israel and the Czech Republic.
Gun used by Berlin attacker imported to Switzerland in 1990s
BERLIN (AP) — The gun used by Berlin attacker Anis Amri was imported to Switzerland in the early 1990s, but it remains unclear what then happened to the weapon, Swiss authorities said Wednesday.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how Amri got hold of the .22-caliber handgun made by German manufacturer Erma, which went bankrupt in the late 1990s.
Germany releases timeline on Christmas market truck attacker
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has published a timeline of authorities' handling of the Tunisian man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and wounding scores.
Germany mulls parliamentary inquiry over Berlin truck attack
BERLIN (AP) — A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel says he's open to launching a parliamentary inquiry into whether authorities made mistakes in handling the Tunisian man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin.
Attacker Anis Amri had been rejected for asylum in Germany but authorities had been unable to deport him. Amri, who had used at least 14 different identities since coming to Germany, also was on their radar as a potential security risk.
Italy expels Tunisian with indirect link to Berlin attacker
ROME (AP) — Italy says it has expelled a Tunisian who allegedly was in contact with an Islamic State group member with links to the Berlin attacker.
Germany toughens security rules in response to Berlin attack
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's interior and justice ministers agreed Tuesday to toughen the rules on deporting failed asylum-seekers and monitoring extremists — a response to last month's deadly truck attack on a Christmas market.
The proposed measures include extending the period that people can be detained before deportation, making extremists wear electronic ankle monitors and withholding foreign aid to countries who fail to take their citizens back.
Panel: Italy must wake up to need to prevent radicalization
ROME (AP) — A government-appointed commission urged Italy on Thursday to develop strategies to prevent radicalization, saying that while the country so far has been spared the extremist attacks suffered elsewhere in Europe, current anti-terrorism measures are insufficient.
Premier Paolo Gentiloni told reporters after hearing the panel's recommendations that he agrees more must be done to check radicalization, which he says mainly manifests itself in Italy in prisons and on the internet.
Berlin attacker Amri used 14 different identities
BERLIN (AP) — A police official says that German authorities knew of 14 different identities used by Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri.
Investigators say the 24-year-old Tunisian drove a truck into the market on Dec. 19, killing 12 people. He was killed Dec. 23 in a shootout with Italian police in a Milan suburb.
Germany arrests Tunisian who dined with market attacker
BERLIN (AP) — An acquaintance of suspected Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri who dined with him the night before the rampage is under investigation for possible participation in planning the attack, German prosecutors said Wednesday. He was arrested, but in a separate case.
German police search locations linked to Berlin attacker
BERLIN (AP) — German police have searched two locations in Berlin linked to the man suspected of carrying out a deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in the capital last month.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that police conducted one of the searches at a refugee shelter where a 26-year-old Tunisian man lived.
The unnamed man allegedly knew Anis Amri, the 24-year-old Tunisian suspect who was shot dead by police in Milan days after the attack.
Italy: Berlin truck attacker was ’lone wolf” when in Italy
ROME (AP) — Italy's interior minister says Tunisian Anis Amri moved like a "lone wolf" while traveling through Italy after fleeing the Berlin truck attack.
Minister Marco Minniti's remarks to reporters Friday bolstered Italian investigators' findings so far indicating that the 24-year-old fugitive — the prime suspect in the Dec. 19 Berlin attack that killed 12 people — lacked any significant contacts in Italy as he fled.
Italy’s PM: Berlin market attacker radicalized in prison
MILAN (AP) — Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday that there are no indications the Tunisian fugitive from the Berlin Christmas market attack, who was shot dead near Milan, had any significant contacts in Italy.
Italian investigators have been trying to determine whether Anis Amri tapped a jihadi network in Italy, his European port of entry when he left Tunisia in early 2011 and the end of his nearly four-day flight following the Berlin truck attack that left 12 dead.
Germany: Tunisian picked up in Berlin attack probe freed
BERLIN (AP) — A Tunisian man detained on suspicion of involvement in last week's Berlin truck attack was released Thursday after investigators determined that he wasn't in contact with the main suspect immediately before the rampage.
The 40-year-old was detained in Berlin on Wednesday. Federal prosecutors said at the time that his telephone number was saved in suspect Anis Amri's cellphone and that they suspected he may have been involved.
Man suspected of ties to Berlin attacker detained in Germany
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have 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 in Berlin during a search of his home and business, federal prosecutors said.
Son of Israeli killed in market attack lights Berlin menorah
BERLIN (AP) — An Israeli man whose mother was killed in the attack on a Berlin Christmas market lighted a candle on a 10-meter (33-foot) menorah at the city's Brandenburg Gate.
Or Elyakim's mother, Dalia, was one of 12 people killed when a hijacked truck officials said was driven by Tunisian Anis Amri plowed into the market Dec. 19.
Slain Berlin attack suspect had used train station in Lyon
PARIS (AP) — French authorities say the main suspect in Berlin's deadly Christmas market attack made a stop in the eastern French city of Lyon, yet they still don't know how he entered French soil.
The Paris prosecutors' office says Tuesday that Anis Amri, who was shot dead Friday outside a deserted train station in a Milan suburb following a four-day manhunt, bought his train ticket for the Italian city at Lyon's Part Dieu train station.
MILAN — Investigators were working last night to determine if the Berlin Christmas market attacker got any logistical support to cross at least two European borders and evade capture for days before being killed in a police shootout in a Milan suburb.
After Berlin attack, Europe weighs freedom against security
PARIS (AP) — Open borders symbolize liberty and forward thinking for many Europeans — but they increasingly look like the continent's Achilles' heel.
Tunisians protest against the return of jihadis like Amri
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — About 200 people have protested in the Tunisian capital against the return of Tunisian jihadis who have fought abroad.
The gathering Saturday was prompted by the deadly truck attack in a Berlin Christmas market by Tunisian Anis Amri, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and was killed Friday in a police shootout. Amri, 24, was slated to be deported home from Germany.
Investigators seek supply network for slain Berlin attacker
MILAN (AP) — Investigators on Saturday worked to determine if the Berlin Christmas market attacker got any logistical support to cross at least two European borders and evade capture for days before being killed in a police shootout in a Milan suburb.
The Latest: Berlin victim’s husband relieved fugitive nabbed
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market (all times local):
The husband of the Czech woman killed in Berlin Christmas market attack says he is relieved that the attacker, Anis Amri, no longer poses a threat to the people in Europe.
Berlin attack suspect slain in shootout with Italian police
MILAN (AP) — A routine request for ID papers outside a deserted train station in a Milan suburb at 3 a.m. Friday led to a police shootout that killed the Tunisian fugitive wanted in the deadly Christmas market attack in Berlin.
While authorities expressed relief that the search for Anis Amri was over, his four-day run raised fresh questions about whether he had any accomplices and how Europe can stop extremists from moving freely across its open borders, even amid an intense manhunt.
The Latest: Mother of Berlin attacker: Who was behind him?
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market (all times local):
The mother of Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri, mourning his death at the hands of Italian police, fears the world will now never know why he allegedly rammed a truck through a holiday crowd.