1) Breaking: #ISIS' Amaq releases video of #Berlin attacker pledging to #ISIS prior to attack pic.twitter.com/B2TOb182MQ— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) 23 December 2016
3)Anis Amri claims his attack is vengeance for airstrikes against Muslims, he wishes to punish "pig-eaters"& to become a "shaheed" (martyr)— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) 23 December 2016
Amri, a Tunisian national aged 24, served a prison sentence in Italy after being convicted of vandalism, threats and theft in 2011, where he made something of a name for himself for his violent behaviour. After his release he was asked to leave the country, whereupon he moved to Germany and applied for asylum in April of this year. His application was rejected by the German authorities but they were unable to deport him to Tunisia because he had no valid identification papers.
After his truck rampage, Amri first visited a mosque in Berlin, then buggered off to Paris, then Chambery in the South of France, before crossing the border into Italy. However, whilst stood outside a closed train station in Milan at 3am this morning, he was stopped by 2 policemen, and when they asked for his papers, he pulled out a gun and shot one of the officers. In turn he was shot dead by the other, thus putting to an end the latest chapter of the war that Islam has with the West.
Going back to the politically constrained bit above, it has come out in the wash that the German police knew about Amir 8 months ago. He was under police surveillance but gave them the slip about a month ago when the German police took out an ISIS cell at the start of November. After the truck attack, the police were denied the right to publish pictures of Amir in which to aid their search. Because Green politician Till Steffen, the head of the judicial authority in Hamburg, feared that sharing images of the Islamist terror suspect would incite racial hatred.