Italy says same gun used in hijack of Berlin market truck, Milan shootout

Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri, in a composite photograph released by the German police. [Bundespolizei]

A gun fired at Milan police by the man suspected of attacking a Christmas market in Berlin last month was the same one used to kill the driver of the truck that ploughed into revellers in the German capital, Italian police said on Wednesday (4 January).

Anis Amri, a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia, was shot dead in a gunfight with police in the Milan suburb of Sesto San Giovanni on 23 December, days after he allegedly killed 12 people in Berlin.

Amri is also suspected of shooting dead a truck driver in Germany and hijacking his vehicle, which he then drove into the Christmas market crowd. Police had been carrying out tests to ascertain if the same gun was used in both the Berlin and Milan shootings.

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“The comparison carried out between the exploded cartridge from the terrorist’s weapon in Sesto and the one found by the German police has given unequivocal proof that they were fired from the same gun,” police said in a statement.

Fingerprints from the Tunisian suspect were found inside the truck, and investigators assume the migrant was at the wheel, officials said.

“In the cab, in the driving cabin, fingerprints were found and there is additional evidence that supports this,” Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière told reporters following the attack.

Police have yet to release information matching the fingerprints found on the weapon with those found inside the truck.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which the truck mowed through a crowd of people and bulldozed wooden huts selling Christmas gifts and snacks beside a famous church in west Berlin.

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