| 17.3°C Belfast

Berlin atrocity suspect is killed by police in Milan


Shot dead: Anis Amri

Shot dead: Anis Amri


Shot dead: Anis Amri

Berlin truck terror suspect Anis Amri was shot dead in Milan yesterday after attacking a police officer who asked him for ID.

Amri "immediately" produced a gun when approached by police during a routine patrol in the northern Italian city early yesterday, shooting the officer before he was gunned down.

There was "absolutely no doubt" the man was Amri (24), Italian interior minister Marco Minniti said.

The Tunisian was suspected of driving a truck into crowds at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring 48.

Hours after his death, Islamic State reportedly released a video showing Amri pledging allegiance to the extremist group and vowing to avenge militants killed in coalition air strikes, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken of her relief at the death of a man she described as "one acute danger", but warned of the ongoing threat of terrorism.

Announcing Amri's death, Mr Minniti said: "One of our police officers on patrol stopped a person who was just walking around looking very suspect. And the moment he was stopped, the man, without hesitating, he immediately took his gun and shot at the police officer who asked him for his identification papers."

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

He added: "Police officers reacted to the shootout. The person who attacked our police officer was killed.

"There is absolutely no doubt that the person who was killed is Anis Amri, the suspect of the terrorist attack in Berlin."

He said the officer who was wounded in his right shoulder during the 3am shootout, Cristian Movio (35), is recovering in hospital.

The officer who shot Amri was Luca Scata (29), who is reportedly from Sicily and is waiting for his first official posting since qualifying for the police.

Top Videos