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Berlin truck attack suspect 'acted as lone wolf' in Italy

Handout photos of Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri. Credit: Reuters/BKA/Handout

The Tunisian man suspected of carrying out the Berlin Christmas market truck attack moved around like a "lone wolf" while travelling through Italy, the country's interior minister said.

Marco Minniti's comments backed Italian investigators' findings which have indicated that 24-year-old Anis Amri lacked significant contacts in Italy, as he fled Germany after the December 19 attack which left 12 dead.

Mr Minniti said, "from when he arrived in Italy, Amri moved like a lone wolf" while he was fleeing from authorities.

Amri died in a shoot-out with Italian police in Milan on December 23.

Berlin attack: Tunisian man released by German police

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A Tunisian man who was detained in connection with the Berlin truck attack has been released by German police.

The 40-year-old man was released after police determined he wasn't in contact with Anis Amri regarding the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on 19 December.

Police detained the man on Wednesday in connection with a telephone number saved in Amri's mobile phone.

Amri was being investigated for benefit fraud after claiming, officials have now revealed.

He was suspected of simultaneously claiming benefits in two towns in Germany under different identities.

The investigation was opened in April, but closed in November as Amri's whereabouts were unknown.


Berlin truck attacker 'passed through Lyon to Italy'

Handout photos of Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri. Credit: Reuters/BKA/Handout

The Tunisian national suspected of carrying out the truck attack that killed 12 people in a Berlin Christmas market appears to have passed through Lyon in France as he fled to Italy, a French judicial source has said.

Video surveillance footage showed Anis Amri at the Lyon-Part-Dieu train station on Thursday, where officials believe he bought a ticket for Chambery, between Lyon and the Italian border.

Amri was shot dead near Milan in Italy in the early hours of Friday after he pulled a gun on police who had asked for his identification papers.

French officials are investigating how the suspect arrived in Lyon after the December 19 attack in Berlin, which has been claimed by the so-called Islamic State.

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A day after Anis Amri was shot dead in Italy, police in Tunisia arrested his nephew and two others suspected of belonging to the same terror network.

It came as the body of an Italian woman killed in Monday's lorry attack on a Christmas market was returned to Rome.

Body of Italian victim of Berlin attack arrives in Rome

Fabrizia Di Lorenzo's body arrived in Italy on Saturday. Credit: Twitter/@Bizia

The body of an Italian woman killed in the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has arrived in Rome.

A casket containing the remains of Fabrizia di Lorenzo, 31, arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport on Saturday five days after she was killed along with 11 others in the attack.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella was present as Ms Di Lorenzo's body arrived in the Italian capital.

Fabrizia Di Lorenzo's remains arrive in Rome's Ciampino airport. Credit: Sky Italia/Reuters

The victim had been living in Berlin and went to the Christmas market to buy presents to celebrate the holiday with family in her hometown of Sulmona, central Italy.

The suspected attacker, Tunisian national Anis Amri, was killed in a shootout on Friday in a Milan suburb.

Nephew of Berlin attacker arrested in Tunisia

Anis Amri (pictured) was shot dead on Friday. Credit: AP

The nephew of the Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri has been arrested in Tunisia, officials said.

Tunisia's Interior Ministry said Amri - who was shot dead on Friday - had sent his 18-year-old nephew Fedi money to join him in Europe.

Two other people were also arrested.

It is unclear whether the suspects helped Amri flee Berlin.

The nephew was arrested in Amri's hometown of Oueslatia while the others were arrested in Tunis. All three were detained on Saturday.

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