He’s down. We found him. And boy did he get around! He popped up in Milan. Police had an encounter with him but it was soon clear the only way Anis Amri was going with them was in a body bag.
Berlin truck terrorist Anis Amri has been shot dead after a gunfight with police in Milan in the early hours of this morning.
The Tunisian pulled a gun from his backpack, screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ and opened fire on two officers – hitting one in the shoulder – before being shot dead after getting off a train from France.
Amri had been on the run for four days after ploughing a lorry into crowds of revellers enjoying a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday night, killing 12 and maiming dozens of others.
The 24-year-old ISIS fanatic was stopped by a routine police patrol in the suburb of Sesto San Giovanni in the northern Italian city of Milan at about 3am local time.
Two officers asked him for ID documents, at which point Amri ‘immediately’ pulled a gun from his backpack and shouted ‘police b******s’ as he shot one in the shoulder.
A firefight ensued with Amri cowering behind a car as he tried to flee, but the suspect was shot and killed by the second officer – a trainee who had only been in the job a few months.
ISIS news outlet Amaq today confirmed Amri’s death – and that he carried out the market massacre in Germany. Security chiefs believe Amri, who used at least six different aliases with three nationalities, was trying to flee to southern Italy where he had entered Europe in 2011.
It comes hours after two men were arrested at a mosque in Berlin where Amri is believed to have been seen both before and after his murderous rampage.
Today’s events bring to an end a four-day manhunt that has heaped embarrassment on Germany’s police and politicians. Shortly before the shooting German police still believed the terrorist was in Berlin.
After Italian police challenged Amri this morning, he ran for cover and cowered behind a car in a piazza near the station before being shot dead by trainee officer Luca Scata, 29, who had reportedly only been in the job for a matter of months.
This morning, Scata was praised for his actions and had received hundreds of messages from wellwishers.
Scata’s last Facebook post, put up shortly before he shot the terror suspect, stated: ‘Only on the road the sun is shining and there are no shadows.’
It has since been inundated with comments from grateful Italians hailing him a hero and thanking him for his bravery.
Police, who had received a tip-off Europe’s most wanted man may have been in the city, approached Amri because they were suspicious that anyone was at the station at 3am.
The terminal had earlier been closed for the night and officials are trying to work out whether he may in fact have arrived in the suburb, north of the city, by bus.
When the patrol approached him, he pulled a 22 calibre pistol from his backpack and shot one of the two police officers, Cristian Movio, 36, in the shoulder. The suspect tried to run but he was shot dead in the road.
On his body police found a train ticket that helped reconstruct the attacker’s movements in Berlin, revealing how he took a train from Chambery in France and then from Turin to Milan.
But it is not clear whether he had driven from Berlin to Chambery or taken a 1,000-mile train trip all the way to Milan via Frankfurt – the normal rail route to the south of France.
Speaking from Tunisia this morning, Amri’s brother is quoted as saying: ‘We are shocked and the whole family is sick. No comment.’
This morning, it emerged that the Polish driver of the hijacked Berlin lorry was shot in the head on Monday night with a similar-sized gun to the one Amri used in Italy.
Movio was taken to San Gerardo Hospital in Monza for emergency treatment where he is said to be recovering. Pictures of his protective vest show the impact of one of Amri’s bullets.