On Friday, Italian authorities reported that the suspect wanted in connection with this week’s terrorist attack in Berlin has been killed. The 24-year-old Anis Amri was shot dead in a shootout with two Italian officers around 3 AM local time during regular police patrol. Amri has been on the run since Monday following the deadly mass killing in which he drove a large truck into a Christmas market in an act of terror that killed 12 and injured at least 48.
According to Italian police, they spotted a man that looked suspicious and asked him to show some identification. The Tunisian man reached into his backpack and pulled out a gun resulting in a subsequent shootout between Amri and the two officers. Amri reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” after he managed to hit one of the officers, 36-year-old Cristian Movio, with a bullet to the arm. The other officer, 29-year old Luca Scata, was able to shoot and kill Amri who was hiding behind a car and attempting to flee. Scata is a trainee who has only been on the job for a few months.
ISIS, who claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack, confirmed through their news outlet Amaq that the man who committed the act had been killed. A video of Amri pledging his allegiance to the terror group was also released on Friday morning.
Amri had entered Europe through Southern Italy in 2011, which is where authorities believe when was trying to get to to escape Europe when he got into the confrontation with Italian police in the northern part of the country. Based on travel tickets found on Amri at the time of his death, police say the terrorist managed to make it through three countries before being stopped, despite being Europe’s most wanted man.