German police widen search for suspects in Berlin attack, search refugee homes

Published December 22nd, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Policemen enter a home for asylum seekers in Emmerich, western Germany, on December 22, 2016. (AFP/Henning Kaiser)
Policemen enter a home for asylum seekers in Emmerich, western Germany, on December 22, 2016. (AFP/Henning Kaiser)

German police raided a refugee home in the western part of the country on Thursday as the Europe-wide hunt continued for a 24-year-old Tunisian wanted in connection with this week's deadly truck attack in Berlin.

About 100 officials, including special units, were involved in the operation in the city of Emmerich in North Rhine Westphalia, which ended after roughly one hour.

German authorities on Wednesday issued a wanted poster for the man, Anis Amri, offering a reward of up to 100,000 euros (104,000 dollars) for help in his capture.

Amri, who has several aliases, is believed to have fled the scene of Monday's attack, which left 48 people injured and 12 people dead, including the truck's Polish driver, who was found dead in the cabin.

Some of the injured are in a life-threatening condition.

The authorities say Amri, who came to Germany in July last year, was already under surveillance and had been the subject of an investigation for a possible attack plot.

Police did not disclose the result of the search of the refugee home and provided no further comments.

Personal documents found in the truck that ploughed into the Christmas market showed Amri as registered as living in North Rhine Westphalia.

Amri, whose application for asylum in Germany had been rejected in June this year, had been living in Berlin since February.

The suspect had researched how to build explosive devices online and communicated with Daesh, the New York Times reported late Wednesday.

He had communicated with the extremist organization at least once and was also on a US no-fly list, the newspaper said, citing a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

By Andrew McCathie


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