The man suspected of carrying out the Berlin terror attack was shot dead after a gunfight with police in Milan in the early hours of this morning, Italian police have said.
Anis Amri, 24, who is suspected of driving a truck into a crowd at Berlin’s Christmas market on Monday killing 12 people and injuring 49 others, was shot dead in the Milanese suburb of Sesto San Giovanni shortly after getting off a train from France.
It happened after he was stopped by a routine police patrol and asked for his identification. He then pulled a gun from his rucksack and shot an officer in the shoulder, leaving him seriously injured.
A shoot-out between him and police ensued at about 3am local time during which he was reportedly heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he tried to flee.
Amri, an asylum seeker from Tunisia, is said to have hidden behind a car before being shot dead by a trainee police officer who had been in the force for less than a year.
Police reportedly found a train ticket on his corpse that helped them piece together his journey to Milan. He took a train from Chambery in France and then from Turin to Milan.
Police have not confirmed that the dead man is Anis Amri. The Italian interior minister is due to hold a press conference this morning.