A Tunisian refugee named as Anis Amri has been named as the prime suspect in the case of the suspected terrorist attack on a German Christmas market earlier in the week. It is believed that identity documents were left in the stolen truck, that was used to kill 12 people at the market. The prosecutor’s office has offered a reward of 100,000 euro’s for information that leads to the capture of the fugitive. Yesterday police raided two apartments in Berlin but did not find the suspect.
The press have managed to locate the suspects father who stated that his son had left Tunisia several years ago and had got to Europe as an illegal immigrant. He also stated that his son had spent time in jail in Italy. It’s believed that the suspect arrived in Germany in 2015 and had been rejected as an asylum seeker in to the country. He wasn’t deported due to an issue with his documents.
This will again raise questions over the open borders within the EU, once in the free movement zone people can move from country to country unchecked, as has happened in this case. It will also add pressure to Angela Merkel to clamp down on the country’s open policy to migrants from certain countries. Her policy has been attacked and in some instances, such as a tweet from former UKIP leader Nigel Farage who had inferred that she was to blame. Merkel has confirmed that she will run for a fourth term as German Chancellor, and this will prove to be one the biggest tests of her public popularity, as her opponents will attack her using this attack as ammunition.
Christmas markets all over the western world have had security stepped up as ISIS had pledged to attack Christians, especially during this symbolic time of year for Christians in the run up to the holy festival of Christmas. In Germany in particular security has been stepped up significantly in order to prevent another horrific catastrophe.
Islamic state has claimed credit for the attack, though the links are yet to be proven. Islamic state have a habit of claiming responsibility for attacks, when in truth some of them have just come from being inspired by the terrorist organisation. Until the suspect is apprehended it will remain unclear just what his motivation was, and if he was indeed directed by the group.
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