Morocco alerted German secret services about Amri’s danger
Morocco’s secret services have warned their German counterpart twice against the potential danger of Tunisian terror suspect Anis Amri few weeks before he drove a hijacked lorry into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing 12 people and injuring 49.
Morocco’s Directorate of Territory Surveillance (DST) alerted the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in two letters dated September 19 and October 11 about a possible terrorist act to be committed by Amri, according to sources close to the DST.
Morocco’s secret agents have for months identified Amri as a fervent supporter of the Islamic state and indicated that he was seeing two dangerous IS sympathisers in Dortmund.
A hunt is underway across Europe for the continent’s most wanted man as Germany reels from its worst attack in decades.
"We can report today that we have new information that the suspect is with high probability really the perpetrator," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters on Thursday.
"In the cab, in the driving cabin, fingerprints were found and there is additional evidence that supports this," he said.
The Italian justice ministry on Thursday confirmed media reports that 24-year-old Tunisian asylum seeker was repeatedly admonished and transferred among Sicilian prisons for bad conduct.
Amri was held in six different prisons on Sicily, where he served 3 ½ years for setting a fire at a refugee center and making threats, among other charges. But Italy apparently recorded no signs that Amri was becoming radicalized to embrace extremist violence. He then went to Switzerland before reaching Germany last year where the authorities had been trying to deport him after his asylum application was rejected,
In mid-2016, Tunisian authorities eavesdropped on Amri’s conversation with two Islamic State fighters before informing German authorities. Amri also offered himself as a suicide attacker on known Islamist chat sites, according to Bild newspaper.