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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.

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