Officials Knew Berlin Terrorist Anis Amri Wanted to Be Suicide Bomber- Ignored It…

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A big rig truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on Monday killing at least 9 and at least 50 others in what police believe is a deliberate attack.

The crash happened in Breitscheidplatz, a major public square in the city in a chilling echo of the deadly terror attack in Nice earlier this year, The Sun reports.

The huge truck ran into the market outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Monday evening.

The crash happened earlier tonight in the Breitscheidplatz public square in Berlin

The crash happened earlier tonight in the Breitscheidplatz public square in Berlin




A manhunt is now believed to be under way to find the driver, with police saying they believe it almost certainly was a deliberate attack.


Revellers at the Christmas market shared pictures showing the carnage unfolding

Revellers at the Christmas market shared pictures showing the carnage unfolding


It is unclear whether the attack was deliberate or an accident

This is believed to be a terror attack.


Local media reported that the truck has Police license plates.

It comes weeks after Isis threatened massacres at Christmas markets and events.

The shocking incident comes just days after organizers of a festive market in Birmingham installed concrete barriers over fears of a terror attack.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims.


Via FOX:

The Berlin terror suspect who repeatedly slipped through the fingers of German authorities was reportedly on the U.S. no-fly list months before Monday’s deadly attack.

German officials on Thursday continued to hunt Anis Amri, who is considered armed and dangerous. A fingerprint in the cab of the truck used in Monday’s attack was found on Thursday to belong to Amri.

Amri piqued the interest of U.S. officials after it was discovered he had researched the construction of explosive devices and communicated with ISIS leaders on at least one occasion via the group’s Telegram Messenger, officials told The New York Times.

But while the U.S quickly moved to keep Amri out of the country, Germany couldn’t get him to leave.

There were red flags galore surrounding the Tunisian-born Amri:

  • Amri, 24, left Tunisia in 2010 after stealing a truck, a crime for which he was sentenced to prison time in absentia, Die Welt reported.
  • He arrived in Italy but couldn’t stay out of trouble, eventually landing in an Italian prison for setting fire to a school at a refugee camp, according to an interview with Amri’s father broadcast on a Tunisian radio station. News agency Ans reported the fire was part of a revolt against “infidels.”
  • Amri was transferred among several Sicilian prisons for bad conduct, The Associated Press reported. Prison records show he bullied fellow inmates and attempted to spark insurrections.
  • Amri applied for asylum in Germany in July 2015 and was denied in June 2016; however, he was never deported. Tunisia first claimed it could not find evidence he was a citizen of the country and then delayed in sending him a passport, German officials said.
  • Germany had hoped to deport Amri after learning he was plotting a “serious act of violent subversion,” an official told The Washington Post.
  • Amri was reportedly arrested in Germany on at least two other occasions after his asylum rejection, however, he was released each time.
  • German officials monitored Amri’s connections to extremists, and at one point investigators believed he may have offered himself as a suicide bomber, Der Spiegel reported. But due to Amri’s ambiguous statements, Germany was never able to arrest him.
  • Authorities began investigating Amri in March but ended the operation in September despite uncovering some troubling connections. He had lived with a suspected Islamic extremist and was allegedly a follower of an Iraqi-born German preacher who was later arrested due to connections to ISIS.
  • Officials again convened in November to share intelligence that Amri was connected to Islamist militants. A month later, Amri killed 12 people and wounded 48 when he drove a truck into a crowd at a Christmas market.

“This is the smoking gun to show that the vetting process has major gaps in it, that intel is not being shared, that information about ideological extremism is not being adequately considered,” said Ryan Mauro, a National Security Analyst for the Clarion Project. “It shows that ideology is not playing a strong enough role in the vetting process, even in Europe.”

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