Saturday, December 24, 2016

Berlin Attack: Germany In Search Of Accomplices

The German authorities were continuing their investigation of the Berlin attack on Saturday after the death of the alleged perpetrator, searching for possible accomplices who could have helped him to win Italy despite all the police of the country at his heels.


"The terrorist danger remains," Chancellor Angela Merkel warned. "The threat of terrorism remains high in Germany," echoed his Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere.

"For us now it is of great importance to determine whether, in the preparation and execution" of the attack on the Christmas market to the ram truck "and the escape of the suspect, there was a support network, A help network, accomplices or people who helped him, "said the head of the anti-terrorist prosecutor's office, Peter Frank.
Investigators must first try to reconstruct the exact course of the Tunisian Anis Amri from Berlin to Milan, explained Frank.




The German media are wondering how it has managed to leave Germany in the nose and the beard of all the police of the country and begin to ask questions about the effectiveness of the security device put in place after the attack.

According to the Italian police, the man passed through France to go to Milan.

Investigators must first try to reconstruct the exact course of the Tunisian Anis Amri from Berlin to Milan, explained Frank.

The German media are wondering how it has managed to leave Germany in the nose and the beard of all the police of the country and begin to ask questions about the effectiveness of the security device put in place after the attack.
According to the Italian police, the man passed through France to go to Milan.

"How did he get to Italy?" -


He was killed in the night from Thursday to Friday by a police officer at a checkpoint near a railway station in Milan after he opened fire on the officers, slightly wounding one of them.
In his bag, the investigators found a train ticket showing that he had gone to Chambéry, in eastern France, and passed through Turin before arriving at night in Milan, say German media.

In Paris, the Director General of the French National Police (DGPN), Jean-Marc Falcone, confirmed that the French investigators work "daily with the German and now Italian" services, in particular, to try to establish precisely the route of Amri Between Berlin and Milan.

"The anti-terrorist sub-directorate of the judicial police is seized ... and carried out extensive verifications, in particular, to determine very precisely whether on his journey this terrorist was able to transit through our territory, And in particular by Chambéry, said Falcone in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche to be published this Saturday.

In his bag, the investigators found a train ticket showing that he had gone to Chambéry, in eastern France, and passed through Turin before arriving at night in Milan, say German media.

In Paris, the Director General of the French National Police (DGPN), Jean-Marc Falcone, confirmed that the French investigators work "daily with the German and now Italian" services, in particular, to try to establish precisely the route of Amri Between Berlin and Milan.
"The anti-terrorist sub-directorate of the judicial police is seized ... and carried out extensive verifications, in particular, to determine very precisely whether on his journey this terrorist was able to transit through our territory, And in particular by Chambéry, said Falcone in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche to be published this Saturday.




The German police also want to know if the weapon used in Milan is also the one used to shoot down a Polish driver on Monday in Berlin, as some media say.

It was with the truck of this driver that Anis Amri then darkened in the crowd of a Berlin Christmas market, killing 11 other people and injuring 50 others.

"Hundreds of investigators will continue to work on this issue during the holiday season," said the head of the German judicial police, Holger Münch.

- Merkel promises changes -


In a separate case, which adds to the tension in Germany, two men suspected of preparing an attack on one of the largest shopping centers in the country were arrested on the night of Thursday to Friday in Oberhausen in the west of the country.

They are two brothers of 28 and 31 from Kosovo.

The German authorities must now begin to reassure a worried opinion after the attack, which also revealed serious flaws in the country's anti-terrorist system. The latter failed to stop in time Anis Amri, while he was known for a long time for its radicalization and its dangerousness.

The German Chancellor announced that "all aspects" of the case would be scrutinized.

"We will now examine intensively what needs to be changed in the arsenal of measures available to the German state," she added.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas spoke of decisions "very quickly in January" to determine on the one hand "how to better monitor dangerous people" and, on the other hand, how to "expel as soon as possible" The immigrants no longer have the right of residence.

Anis Amri was a rejected asylum seeker and therefore in principle likely to be deported for several months.

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