A few days ago a lorry was purposely driven carelessly into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, killing 12, while injuring 49 and even more in critical conditions.
The main suspect has been identified as Anis Amri. Amri is a 24-year-old rejected Asylum-seeker who is originally from Tunisia.
Prior to the attack, Amri was profiled by the German police as a potential terrorist. He was suspected of attempting to buy automatic weapons for a terror plot.
Amri was also under surveillance but it is still unknown how he managed to slip through their watch. He had escaped his home country, Tunisia in order to escape being imprisoned and had also spent some time behind bars in Italy.
He had applied for asylum in Germany but it was rejected in June because he had been accused of claiming different nationalities and having numerous aliases. He was supposed to be deported but this was delayed due to him not having a legitimate identity and Tunisia initially refusing to accept that Amri was indeed a Tunisian.
His replacement passport, which was being prepared for his deportation, arrived two days after the Berlin Christmas market attack.
Anis Amri was born in 1992 in the town of Ouslatia, in the province of Kairouan, some 100 miles south of Tunis, Tunisia’s capital.
Amri has also been in contact with notorious jihadist preachers who openly support the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Some of these preachers such as Abu Walaa and Boban S. are currently under arrest.
German authorities stated that they do not know whether Amri acted alone or with the help of accomplices. He is considered armed and dangerous, and members of the public have been warned not to approach him.
Germany is also offering £84,000 in reward for any information that could lead to the capture of Anis Amri. A wide manhunt in Europe has already begun.