Berlin Attack

Closing in on Extremists

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Angela Merkel’s refugee policy is under fire again in the wake of news that a failed aslyum seeker managed to carry out a terrorism attack in Berlin before he could be deported.

  • Facts


    • Over the weekend, security forces in Tunisia arrested three men between the ages of 18 and 27 who had been in contact with Anis Amri.
    • Authorities claimed the group comprised a terror cell.
    • The Tunisian Interior Ministry said that one of the men was his nephew, who claimed Mr. Amri had sent him money to go and join him in Germany.
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Police patrol among people at the re-opened Christmas market at Breitscheid square in Berlin. Source: Reuters

The Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz was buzzing during the holiday weekend. It had been five days since 12 people had died after a truck had crashed into the crowds drinking mulled wine in what was Germany’s most shocking terror attack in recent times, but Berliners were determined not to be scared away from their own city.

This attitude was praised by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said she was proud of the way people had responded to the attack.

But questions remain about the attack that will remain pressing even after all the stalls selling gingerbread have packed up until next year.

The man suspected of driving the truck into the crowd, Anis Amri, is dead, after being shot by police just outside Milan in Italy.

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