Police have made an arrest in connection with the Berlin Christmas market massacre in which 12 people were killed and dozens more injured. The 40 year old Tunisian man was detained by German authorities after raids on his home and business.
The latest arrest follows the terrorist incident in Berlin before Christmas. Anis Amri, who had been rejected for asylum in Germany, turned a truck into a weapon, ploughing into shoppers at a Christmas market before fleeing the country.
Tunisian Amri was finally found, and shot dead, in Italy after police asked him for his ID after spotting him getting off a train in Milan. German authorities say they becme suspicious of the second Tunisian man after finding his mobile phone number stored on Amri’s phone.
A prosecutor said that investigations showed that the man may have been involved in the Berlin assault. They added that investigations were still continuing. Italian police found mobile phone SIM cards in Amri’s rucksack following his death. They had been purchased in department stores in the Netherlands following the terror attack on December 19.
According to reports, the SIM cards were sold in stores in Zwolle, Breda and Nijmegen between December 20 and 22. The second arrest, which was made by specially trained SEK police officers has been described as a major breakthrough in the efforts to contain the terror network which supported Amri in his deadly aims.
The man arrested is understood to have been a “contact person” for Amri. Prosecutors will now have until tomorrow night to decide if they have a strong enough case to seek a formal arrest warrant. This would enable them to detain him further pending any charges.
Further details of Amri’s time on the run have emerged, showing that he took a bus from the Netherlands to France, before travelling to Italy, where he was shot dead by a rookie cop.