Tunisian authorities have arrested three individuals suspected of being involved in the December 19th terror attack at a Berlin Christmas Market where a loaded truck ran into the crowded market. One of the men is the nephew of Anis Amri, who was suspected to be the driver of the truck. The nephew, whose name has not been released, has confessed that he communicated with his uncle through the secure messaging App “Telegram” and was sent money [Tunis Afrique Presse report] to travel to Germany and join a terrorist cell. According to the official Tunisian press report, the nephew sent an oath of allegiance to his uncle who would have been the Emir of Katibat Abu Al-Wala in Germany.
On December 19th a truck loaded with steel beams ran into a crowded Christmas Market in Berlin. More than eleven people were killed in the attack, and dozens more were injured. Anis Amri is suspected to have been the driver of the truck, as his ID and fingerprints have been found at the scene – the truck had been hijacked from its driver, who was found shot to death in the back of the cab [BBC report]. Amri was recently shot to death in Milan; a routine document check with two police officers escalated into a deadly confrontation when Amri pulled a gun on the officers, one of whom was injured. The attack is reminiscent of an attack in Nice, France that occurred earlier this year in July. In July, at least 84 citizens were killed during Bastille Day celebrations as Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a truck through a crowd [JURIST report]. Thus far, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Nice attack, which followed a call by Islamic State (IS) spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani for IS followers to kill non-believers in the West through any means possible.