BERLIN MARKET ATTACK SUSPECT KILLED IN ITALY, HIJACKED LIBYAN PLANE DIVERTED TO MALTA

Dec 23, 2016

By Jane Brown

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The massive manhunt for the Tunisian suspect in the Berlin Christmas market truck attack is over.

Italian authorities say Anis Amri was killed early this morning in a shoot out with police in a town near Milan.

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti says Amri was fatally shot when he opened fire on an officer who had asked to see his identification at a road block.

Amri’s fingerprints were found inside the truck that plowed into the Christmas market Monday, leaving 12 people dead and dozens injured.

The Italian news agency ANSA cites Milan anti-terrorism police in reporting that authorities have positively identified Amri from his physical appearance and fingerprints.

In another international story of note, the Malta airport authority says all emergency teams had been dispatched to the site of what it called an “unlawful interference” on the airport tarmac.

State television says the two hijackers on board had hand grenades and had threatened to explode them.

All flights in and out of Malta have been cancelled.

Airport officials say the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 flight has 118 passengers on board.

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