Germany has launched a manhunt across Europe for an “armed and dangerous” Tunisian with ties to Islamic extremists in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack, claimed by the Islamic State terror group. A security official said that authorities had considered him a possible terror threat previously and had been trying to deport him afterhis asylum application was rejected this summer. He said that his deportation couldn’t be completed as he didn’t have valid identity papers. In August they started trying to get him a replacement passport. Media reports said that asylum office papers believed to belong to the man were found in the cabin of the 40-tonne lorry used in the attack.
A European arrest warrant from Germany indicates that the man has at times used six different aliases and three different nationalities. “This is a suspect, not necessarily the perpetrator,” interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said. A Tunisian official said sleuths were trying to determine role of the man, who he said was named Anis Amri. Twelve of the wounded were still being treated on Wednesday for very serious injuries.