Berlin Suspect: Police Offer €100 000 Reward

Police in Berlin are offering a reward of €100,000 (US$104,260) for information leading to the arrest of the man suspected of involvement in Monday’s attack on a Christmas market which left 12 dead and 48 injured.

A search is currently underway for 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri, who could be armed and dangerous, according to a statement from the Federal Prosecutor's Office (GBA).

Anis AMRI is 178cm tall and weighs about 75kg, has black hair and brown eyes.” according to the statement.

German authorities told AP that Amri was under covert surveillance for several months this year following a tip from federal security agencies.

The tip suspected Amri of planning a robbery in order to facilitate the financing of weapons for use in an attack. The surveillance found that he was involved in drug-dealing at a Berlin park and had been involved in a bar brawl but nothing substantial in relation to a terrorist attack.

In September the surveillance was called off.

Speaking on Tunisian radio, Amri’s father said he left Tunisia seven years ago as an illegal immigrant and spent time in prison in Italy on accusations of burning a school, according to Reuters.

Amri was also suspected of being involved in a violent robbery in Tunisia, according to his father, who the radio station said is being questioned over possible links between his son and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Monday’s attack in Berlin saw a Polish-registered truck driven into a crowd in an attack echoing the Nice massacre of July when 86 people were killed.

Identity documents belonging to Amri were reportedly found inside the truck, according to Der Spiegel.


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