Berlin Christmas market terrorist shot dead in Italy

Berlin Christmas market terrorist shot dead in Italy December 23, 2016

Anis Amri, 24, above, the Tunisian man suspected of carrying out the Berlin truck attack was shot dead by police in Milan earlier today.
Amri, according to The Telegraph, was the subject of a widespread manhunt following Monday’s atrocity which left 12 people dead and 49 injured. The Islamic State jihadist group said they were behind the attack.

Italy’s Interior Minister Marco Minniti told a press conference in Rome that Amri had been fatally shot after firing at police who had stopped his car for a routine identity check around 3:00 am this morning.
Identity checks had established “without a shadow of doubt” that the dead man was Amri, the Minister said.
Amri had been missing since escaping after Monday’s attack in central Berlin. He had links to Italy, having arrived in the country from his native Tunisia in 2011.
Shortly after his arrival in Italy he was sentenced to a four-year prison term for starting a fire in a refugee centre. He was released in 2015 and made his way to Germany.
German police said Amri steered the 40-tonne truck in the attack after finding his identity papers and fingerprints inside the cab, next to the body of its registered Polish driver who was killed with a gunshot to the head.
A Europe-wide wanted notice had offered a 100,000-euro ($104,000) reward for information leading to Amri’s arrest.
Telegraph correspondent Josephine McKenna, in Italy, reports that anti-terrorism sources are saying Anis Amri traveled to Italy via Chambéry to Turin and then to Milan.
Amri’s ability to make such a journey undetected across multiple countries is bound to raise questions about security failures in Europe and whether open borders within the Schengen area are allowing extremists to move about freely.
People in Germany had been living with the fear that the suspect in the Berlin attack was still at large and could strike again.
Over the days following the attack, Christmas markets in the centre of the city have been free of the large crowds that usually gather throughout the festive season.
Writing for The Spectator beneath the headline “Islamofascism and appeasement are the biggest dangers facing the West,” Gavin Mortimer quotes François Fillon, the centre-right candidate in France’s presidential election as saying:

After each new outrage, we go through the same sadly familiar and repetitive scenario with the president and the politicians lighting candles to commemorate the massacre and observing the rituals of compassion.

Mortimer, a writer and historian who lives in Paris, commented:

In Angela Merkel’s case, it was laying a white rose at the scene of slaughter, an act she described as ‘incomprehensible’. Only it wasn’t, it was all too comprehensible to those who predicted that her decision to open Germany’s borders was a monumental misjudgement. Incomprehensible are the blunders made by the German security services who had been tracking Anis Amri since March; incomprehensible are the German privacy laws that meant the media wasn’t able to show a photograph of Amri; incomprehensible were the words of a German journalist who tweeted that the best response to the massacre was ‘patience, empathy and humanity’.
Patience for what? Until it’s our turn to be shot, knifed, blown up or run over by the Islamists?

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  • Stephen Mynett

    Pity the creep is dead, most of them want to be martyrs. Far better he serves a long time in the slammer with no access to a Qran or any other Islamic literature. Books in prison should be considered a privilege and just because someone follows a religion that should not guarantee a right to the books of their mythology.

  • John

    This has all the hallmarks of a false flag operation about it.
    The alleged culprit is allowed more than 24 hours to get away.
    They hold someone else in custody while he is making his escape.
    His fingerprints and papers are conveniently found in the cab.
    Shades of 9/11?
    He is publicly named – pretty good tip off!
    He is shot dead – like Lee Harvey Oswald.
    And like the ex-cop who killed the Russian ambassador.
    All very convenient – no need for a public trial.
    Is Amri just another dead patsy?

  • I was quite surprised when it was discovered that the truck driver was a Muslim. I’d kinda taken it for granted that the killer at the wheel was in fact Angela in disguise. I mean, let’s face it, that woman would be capable of just about anything. Why, she’d even go so far as to destroy her own country. But then again, she’s known to be a devout Christian–and you know what they can be like!

  • Angela_K

    @John. You’ll be saying the moon landings were faked next! This guy shot and killed a policeman so, another dead terrorist can only be a good thing.

  • John

    One Italian police officer was injured – not killed – in the alleged shoot out, which took place at 3 a.m. – a very strange time for this event if the alleged Berlin killer was on the run.
    Would you be driving around at 3 in the early morning or at 3 on a busy afternoon if you wanted to avoid detection?
    The BBC reports he had railway tickets on him which showed how he had traveled from Germany to Italy.
    Is this at all credible?
    Who keeps used rail tickets after they are no longer of use?
    We keep getting false flag operations all the time.
    Like the British guy who allegedly wanted to kill Trump at a rally but needed to get a gun off of a police officer to do it.
    Just how credible a threat is that?
    That is why I am nowadays highly sceptical about them.

  • Daz

    Jebus H Christ in a tinfoil hat!
    John, if it’s a false flag operation then its purpose must be to smear someone’s reputation by having them blamed for something they didn’t do. Since [a] Islamic State seem perfectly happy to take responsibility (in fact I suspect they would be happy to do so even if they weren’t actually responsible) and [b] no one actually needed convincing that Islamic State engage in terrorist activities, I have to ask; just what, exactly, would be the point of this alleged false flag operation?

  • John

    There are plenty of people who would welcome a false flag operation like this.
    Next year, Merkel faces her electorate.
    How well do you suppose she will do now that this event has occurred?
    In France, they too have elections in the year ahead. Do you suppose these events will help a moderate candidate or a far-right candidate?
    This is all part of a right-wing populist movement across Europe and the Americas.
    It also – as always – plays into the hands of the military-industrial complex – including so-called “intelligence” agencies – who would welcome a stiffening of the law which gives them greater powers at your expense.
    Before you start throwing silly tin-foil hat accusations around you might like to reflect on who will be entering the White House on 20 January 2017?
    Do you want to make a silly joke about that?

  • Broga

    ” an act she described as ‘incomprehensible’.” Really! How plain can these killers state their intentions? They want sharia law and they want anyone who doesn’t bow to their demands and follow their pestilential religious beliefs killed.
    We cannot satisfy them by “understanding”or by acceding political influence to them because they are insatiable. How often do they have to say it?

  • Daz

    John, if you’ve noticed my comments on the topic here and elsewhere, you must be aware that I’m very much in favour of not tarring all Muslims with the brush of terrorism, and am not shy about criticising those who do so. But IS are, in fact, a terrorist group. As such, they do engage in acts of terrorism.
    Which is more likely?:
    • A terrorist group does what terrorist groups do.
    • A far right politician, ignoring the plentiful evidence that IS engages in terrorism in Europe, the evoking of which would easily further his cause, decides to create a false flag operation which adds little extra credence to the already well-evidenced existence of terrorists and, if it were to be discovered, would blow his career out of the water.
    Just in case you need help with this puzzle, here’s a handy tool.

  • John

    Careful you don’t cut yourself with your razor!
    ISIS are opportunists who will use idiots like Amri for their own purposes – everyone knows that.
    He may well have been a witting or unwitting dupe.
    The key persons are not publicly known politicians.
    They are the ones in the shadows.
    This is what is known as the deep state.

  • Brian Jordan

    Wouldn’t a false-flag operation involve, in this case, employing a Muslim who already had a propensity for such things? Along with someone to wind him up for a potentially suicidal mission and then, when it turns out not to be suicidal after all, plotters to arrange for him to go down in a hail of gunfire after the event?
    Sounds like a variation of Poe’s Law: you couldn’t make it up without its becoming the real thing.

  • Daz

    “Careful you don’t cut yourself with your razor!”

    Show me actual evidence pointing to the existence of this conspiracy, and the razor will then guide me toward a cautious acceptance. You can only cut yourself with Ockham’s razor if you have a dogmatic, rather than evidence-based, attachment to an idea.

  • John the Drunkard

    Sorry to interrupt the conspiracy-mongering. But the West as a whole needs to notice that:
    Permitting refugees and calling out Islamofascism are NOT mutually exclusive.
    It is the constant elevation of parochial politics over real international issues that leaves us stuck between neo-Nazi crackpots and Kumbaya singing appeasers.

  • RussellW

    Mortimer certainly has a valid argument. Appeasement and multi-culti pixie dust aren’t effective. Sooner or later the Islamic psychopaths will be confronted by those Crusaders they rant about so often. The danger for liberal democracy is that the Crusaders might be as nasty as the jihadis.

  • John

    According to historical accounts, when the Crusaders “liberated” Jerusalem, the streets were ankle-deep in blood.
    They indiscriminately killed anyone who looked different to them, including local Jews and Christians.
    It needs that kind of thick, dense form of religious stupidity to be really militarily “effective”, I guess?

  • John

    Daz: try reading this:
    It has an indirect bearing on this issue but – as you can read – it always takes time for the real truth of what is going on to emerge.
    Your desire for immediate evidence is understandable but impracticable.

  • John

    Brian: think of Sirhan Sirhan.
    He was so far gone, he didn’t need to die to be a useful patsy.

  • Paul

    I have to say I am pleased he is dead if he is responsible. And he had an awful lot of help to do it – namely freedom. And what price do we put on that.

  • Seff

    Well, quite likely not only Italians but also the Brits in 2017 are going to have by far appaling problems than ISIS . Why ? Read “The failure of the saint’s blood to liquefy has become associated with previous disastrous events . The blood of St Januarius has failed to liquefy at the expected time prompting concerns about what it might signify.
    As far as many people of Naples are concerned, the blood remaining solid can be a premonition of evil.
    The same things happened in 1980, when a earthquake hit South Italy; 1973, when Naples endured an outbreak of cholera; 1939, when World War II began; 1940, when Italy joined the War and 1943, when Italy was occupied by the Nazis.

  • John

    Forget so-called saint’s blood.
    What they should really be taking notice of is ‘Europe’s Most Dangerous Supervolcano Is Reawakening Just In Time For Christmas’ at
    This relates to the Naples caldera – near to Vesuvius – which threatens half a million people living in the Naples area.