Berlin Truck Terrorist Had Been Arrested Three Times, Under Surveillance For Months
Armed police tonight stormed two apartments in the hunt for the Berlin terror attack suspect after it was revealed he had been under the surveillance of German intelligence agencies for several months.
Commandos raided two addresses in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighbourhood as police launched a Europe-wide search for Tunisian national Anis Amri, who remains on the run more than 48 hours after the atrocity which claimed 12 lives.
Police believed Amri might have been holed up inside one of the apartments, German newspaper Die Welt reported. A man was 'overpowered' by officers at one address, it was reported.
German security services face difficult questions after it emerged that Amris, a lifelong criminal, should have been deported months ago.
The 23-year-old, who has a 100,000 euro reward on his head, was under close surveillance of German intelligence for several months following his arrival in the country last year.
He was arrested three times this year and his asylum application was rejected, but deportation papers were never served and he disappeared.
The Tunisian radical was known to be a supporter of Islamic State and to have received weapons training.
He tried to recruit an accomplice for a terror plot – which the authorities knew about – but still remained at large.
Today his own father claimed he had served four years in an Italian jail after he set fire to a school. Tunisian security officials also revealed he was convicted in absentia for aggravated theft with violence in his home country.
A senior foreign German politician today blamed the atrocity on 'institutional political correctness', arguing that Amri would not have been free to act if police had enforced the law.