Italian security sources in Milan say Anis Amri, a Tunisian man suspected of having driven a truck into crowds at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing 12 people, has been shot dead in a shootout with police, Deutsche Welle reports.
According to the newspaper “Corriere della Sera,” Amri was killed at around 3 a.m. local time on Friday, and one policeman was injured in the incident.
German federal prosecutors say they are in contact with Italian authorities, but have so far not confirmed Amri’s death.
Amri, who came to Europe from Tunisia in 2011, spent four years in prison in Italy, among other things for arson. He came to Germany in 2015 after his release.
German authorities say they are almost certain that Amri, 24, was behind the Berlin attack, after his fingerprints were found inside the truck cabin, along with documents pertaining to his residency status in Germany.
So far, four non-German nationals have been identified among the 12 victims of Monday’s attack. A spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutors’ Office in Karlsruhe said on Friday that one victim each from the Czech Republic, Italy and Israel had been confirmed, along with the Polish driver whose truck was apparently hijacked by the attacker.
Fifty other people were wounded.