Anis Amri, the Berlin market invader, met his fate in the early hours of Friday and was shot dead by police in Milan.
He opened fire at police when inquired for ID during a routine patrol in the Sesto San Giovanni commune.
German authorities have confirmed the deceased as Amri, and they are trying to figure out if he had abettors.
Angela Merkel, German Chancellor, said she was “relieved” that the criminal had been countervailed but still believes Islamist terrorism as an ongoing threat to Germany. This case has already raised alarming questions regarding the German citizen’s protection.
In the meantime, a video has been released by the so-called Islamic State screening Amri swearing loyalty to Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, IS leader. There was no indication of the Berlin attack and the location of the filming is yet to be discovered, but ISIS nevertheless claimed the attack soon afterward. ISIS also acknowledged Amri’s death just before releasing the video.
Italian Interior Minister, Marco Minniti said that the attacker was on foot when Italian police inquired him for his ID, and he immediately drew out a gun and opened fire at the two policemen.
Officer Cristian Movio was wounded in the shoulder, but his injuries are not severe. His junior colleague, Luca Scata’s shot was the one that killed Amri.
German authorities have confirmed that the fingerprints of the deceased matched from the ones found on the truck Monday evening.
Federal prosecutor, Peter Frank said the focus of the investigation has shifted towards assessing Amri’s accomplices who had assisted him to prepare and execute the attack plan or to escape.
Furthermore, the investigators are also trying to establish the relation between the gun used in the shooting of Milan and the one used to slay the Polish driver of the truck. The driver of the truck was found dead; brutally stabbed and gun wounded in the truck.
Amri had already served a prison sentence in Italy after being found guilty of vandalism, threats, and thefts in 2011.
Italian authorities were well aware of his ferocious behavior while confined.
After his imprisonment, he was bound to leave Italy. He later moved to Germany. In April 2016, he applied for asylum.
His application was rejected by the German officials, but the absence of valid identification papers kept German authorities from deporting him back to Tunisia.
Chancellor Merkel has discoursed with the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi about the tragic incident.
While addressing the journalists, she said that she told the Tunisian President that “we need to speed up the deportation process.”
German federal prosecutors had named Anis Amri as a suspect in the Berlin attack and a reward of up to €100,000 (£84,000; $104,000) was offered to the informant who would lead to the attacker’s arrest.
Mr. Minitti admired the two police officers who had detained Amri and said the operation exhibited the strength of the Italy’s security system.
He further added that “as soon as this person entered our country, a fugitive wanted across Europe, we immediately identified him and neutralized him.”