Arrest warrant for Berlin suspect

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Tunisian man as German police try to find the person who rammed a truck into a crowded Berlin market, killing twelve people and injuring many more.

Guardian: European arrest warrant issued for Tunisian suspect

German authorities have issued a European arrest warrant for a Tunisian man with alleged ties to Islamic extremists who has been identified as a suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack that killed 12 people on Monday.

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The wanted notice, obtained by the Associated Press, says Anis Amri should be considered armed and dangerous and appears to have used six different aliases and three different nationalities.

Several media outlets earlier reported that police had found under the driver’s seat of the truck used in the attack an identity document in the name of Amri, born in Tataouine in 1992.

I would be suspicious of papers being left in the truck, unless he deliberately wanted to identify himself.

Amri is being sought in Germany and across Europe’s border-free travel zone, the interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, said after briefing parliament’s domestic affairs committee. He stressed: “This is a suspect, not necessarily the perpetrator. We are still investigating in all directions.”

Stephan Mayer, a senior politician with the governing CSU party, said the suspect was in his early 20s and apparently used various identities. He was considered by authorities to be part of the “Salafist-Islamist scene” and apparently had spent time in pre-deportation detention in Germany after his asylum application was rejected.

Ralf Jäger, the interior minister for North Rhine-Westphalia, said: “Security agencies exchanged their findings and information about this person with the joint counter-terrorism centre in November 2016.”

Jäger said the suspect’s application for asylum in Germany was rejected in July. Attempts to deport him to Tunisia failed because he did not have the required identification papers and the Tunisian authorities disputed whether he was their national.

Another suspect, a Pakistani man, was earlier released by police.

ISIL has claimed via its Amaq website “A soldier of the Islamic State carried out the Berlin operation in response to appeals to target citizens of coalition countries.”

The Salafi movement…

…is an ultra-conservative reform branch or movement within Sunni Islam that developed in Arabia in the first half of the 18th century, against a background of European colonialism. It advocated a return to the traditions of the “devout ancestors” (the salaf).

The Salafist doctrine can be summed up as taking “a fundamentalist approach to Islam, emulating the Prophet Muhammad and his earliest followers – al-salaf al-salih, the ‘pious forefathers’.” “They reject religious innovation, or bid’ah, and support the implementation of sharia (Islamic law).” The movement is often divided into three categories: the largest group are the purists (or quietists), who avoid politics; the second largest group are the activists, who get involved in politics; and the smallest group are jihadists, who form a small minority.

The Salafi movement is often described as being synonymous with Wahhabism, but Salafists consider the term “Wahhabi” to be derogatory. At other times, Salafism has been described as a hybrid of Wahhabism and other post-1960s movements. Salafism has become associated with literalist, strict and puritanical approaches to Islam. Particularly in the West it is associated with Salafi jihadists, who espouse jihad as a legitimate expression of Islam against those they deem to be enemies of Islam.

In Germany:

Salafism is a growing movement in Germany and estimates by German security police show that it grew from 3800 members in 2011 to 7500 members in 2015.[108] In Germany, most of the recruitment to the movement is done on the Internet and also on the streets, a propaganda drive which mostly attracts youth.

There are two ideological camps, one advocates political salafism and directs its recruitment efforts towards non-Muslims and non-salafist Muslims to gain influence in society. The other and minority movement, the jihadist salafism, advocates gaining influence by the use of violence and nearly all identified terrorist cells in Germany came from salafist circles.

German government officials have stated that Salafism has a strong link to terrorism but have clarified that not all Salafists are terrorists. The statements by German government officials criticizing Salafism were televised by Deutsche Welle during April 2012.

In 2015, Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor of Germany, spoke out, saying “We need Saudi Arabia to solve the regional conflicts, but we must at the same time make clear that the time to look away is past.

Wahhabi mosques are financed all over the world by Saudi Arabia. In Germany, many dangerous Islamists come from these communities.”

In November 2016, nationwide raids were conducted on the Salafist True Religion (Islamist organization).

Salafi movement

Saudi Arabian involvement:

Salafism is sponsored globally by Saudi Arabia and this ideology is used to justify the violent acts of Jihadi Salafi groups that include Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Al-Shabaab. In addition, Saudi Arabia prints textbooks for schools and universities to teach Salafism as well as recruit international students from Egypt, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Africa and the Balkans to help spreading Salafisim in their local communities.

Some other Islamic groups, particularly some Sufis, have also complained about extremism among some Salafi.

Saudi Arabians were heavily involved in the 911 attacks on the twin towers in New York and the Pentagon. Despite that:

In January 2015, after the death of King Abdullah, the White House and President Obama praised him as a leader and mentioned “the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.”[57]

In March 2015, President Barack Obama declared that he had authorized U.S. forces to provide logistical and intelligence support to the Saudis in their military intervention in Yemen, establishing a “Joint Planning Cell” with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia–United States relations

It’s a complicated world.

 

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43 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd December 2016

    Saudis have used Western oil money to spread evil around the world. It’s not that complicated.

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    • Corky

       /  22nd December 2016

      Yes, they show us one cheek, while their brethren are shown another.

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    • Blazer

       /  22nd December 2016

      Pleased to hear its not complicated.We should invade Saudi Arabia and put a stop to it.

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      • Corky

         /  22nd December 2016

        Yes.

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        • Gezza

           /  22nd December 2016

          Too complicated. It would only make things worse. To accomplish this the West would have to flood the country with troops for decades & eliminate Islam as a religion. The US only has a limited supply of gung ho militarists and dumb good ole boy hayseeds to throw away on such a venture. Look at the mess they’ve made of things trying to do it all on the cheap already.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  22nd December 2016

        Stop buying their oil and their own people will revolt against them. Frack on.

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        • Gezza

           /  22nd December 2016

          Good idea. Xi & Vlad or Recep or Israel or someone might give them a good deal though.

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          • Gezza

             /  22nd December 2016

            Also Theresa was over there just recently brown-nosing them in a most embarrassing manner, and both the US & Britain like selling them arms n stuff, so this could cause complications as well. This is one of the problems with capitalism of course. It’s all just business after all.

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        • Blazer

           /  22nd December 2016

          what if they offer it at $10 a barrel….Al?

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  2. Corky

     /  22nd December 2016

    I posted a clip yesterday of an Islamic head case threatening to do exactly what this barbarian did, should he be deported. These people seem to think alike.

    I too would be suspicious of any ID left in the truck. It would’ve been an extraordinary set of circumstances for that to be a genuine oversight.

    My guess is there will be more attacks in Europe….with Britain long overdue for a ” touch up”

    We need to be cognisant of the fact FIANZ is funded by groups associated with the Wahabbi sect of Islam.

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    • Gezza

       /  22nd December 2016

      Well, of course competent police & intelligence services would naturally follow up on any leads like this because they might not be dealing with the sharpest intellect in the neighbourhood, & this individual’s background suggests he’s a viable suspect as well, but they too would be well aware that it could be a ruse, and I imagine there may well be other forensic evidence. I expect it won’t be too long before he pops again & gets taken out or into custody. They really need to do something drastic with these muslim refugees from the middle east, africa, and pakistan. It’s foolish to let them in to Western countries. They are best plonked down in other muslim countries & kept there.

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      • Corky

         /  22nd December 2016

        ”They are best plonked down in other Muslim countries & kept there.”

        And, like you have said before,they will fight each other. That saves us bullets. They get Jihad. A win win situation.

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  3. Klik Bate

     /  22nd December 2016

    I think you’re probably right about the papers being left in the truck, PG……shades of ‘Operation Mincemeat’ ❓

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    • Missy

       /  22nd December 2016

      I disagree, it is standard practice for the ISIS attacks in Europe for identity papers to be left for what are meant to be suicide missions.

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  4. Blazer

     /  22nd December 2016

    ID left lying around is standard practice for terrorists these days…from the Paris attacks…’A Syrian passport, found near the body of one of the attackers at the Stade de France,’
    And of course re 9/11, Mohammed Attas passport was found,lying on the rubble.

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  5. Missy

     /  22nd December 2016

    A German Analyst, and expert in Islamic Terrorism, was interviewed on BBC today, he said that it is usual for ISIS to leave identifying documents when they believe it will be a suicide mission.

    It has been reported today that the autopsy on the original Polish driver in the lorry shows that he was most likely alive when the truck first went into the crowd and his injuries indicate a struggle prior to being shot. Evidence from the police reportedly shows that the Polish driver tried to wrestle the lorry from the terrorist before being shot. The Lorry apparently changed direction after it entered the market. A theory being proposed is that the Polish driver tried to stop the terrorist, or at least steer the vehicle to a less inhabited area of the market, before being shot.

    The analyst interviewed by the BBC suggested this was meant to be a suicide mission but something went wrong, most likely the Polish driver trying to get control and stop the carnage, and as a result the terrorist was not successful in his suicide mission. If this is how it played out, then this Polish driver could be hailed a hero, as it is possible he may have limited the casualties through his actions.

    Don’t be too suspicious of the identity papers being left, and don’t fall into the trap of thinking the identity papers are a red herring, most experts interviewed here and in Europe agree that this is the person they are looking for.

    It is most likely that due to the actions of the Polish trucker what was meant to be a suicide mission went pear shaped for them.

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  6. Missy

     /  22nd December 2016

    The suspect has been under surveillance and investigated previously for a terror plot, and he was meant to be deported, but because Tunisia claimed he wasn’t Tunisian the Germans couldn’t deport him. He arrived earlier this year as a migrant.

    Another report today alleges he has links to the Islamist group that carried out the attacks against British tourists in Tunisia in June 2015. There are also reports that he has previously been jailed in Italy for burning down a school, and has been previously arrested in Germany at least three times. There are reports coming out from unnamed sources that he was a known ISIS supporter, and had received weapons training from ISIS.

    The Pakistani who was initially arrested yesterday was also known to the police, and was reportedly known to have associated with radicalised individuals in refugee camps in Germany.

    Neither of these men are innocents, and whilst the Pakistani may not have been involved in this incident, he is certainly a threat in the future.

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  7. duperez

     /  22nd December 2016

    This time yesterday we had lunatics in NZ wanting all Pakistanis in Germany to be put down. Lunacy is okay if it is part of the survival instinct I suppose.

    Still it’s interesting to consider, “known to the police”, “to have associated with”, “neither of these men are innocents” and “certainly a threat in the future.”

    My own kids going to a high school which has sons of gang members and gang prospects on the roll probably means my lot “associated” with them. So they come home, neither of them innocents and certainly threats for the future.

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    • Klik Bate

       /  22nd December 2016

      That’s why it would have been far better to send them to Private schools.

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    • Gezza

       /  22nd December 2016

      Probably nothing to worry about at this stage Duperez. If they start beating people up or using & selling P they might attract police attention & it might pay to have a word about who they’re getting it from.

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      • duperez

         /  22nd December 2016

        I’m sure I’ll be able to wangle name suppression if it gets to that stage though! (I wonder if that would have been more easily achieved with KB’s private school gambit?) 🙃

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        • Gezza

           /  22nd December 2016

          Oh, definitely I think. You get a much higher class of criminals from the best private schools. Not so many perhaps, but definitely classier, and judges do prefer the nobs to the yobs.

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  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd December 2016

    Talking with German expats today, they reckon Merkel has stuffed Germany for generations to come with a million Muslim immigrants breeding trouble there. They just hosted a couple of German young women tourists who say their small town has become unsafe for them to go out at night because of gangs of immigrants who attack women.

    It’s not going to get better, it’s going to get worse:
    http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/12/germany-facing-ticking-time-bomb-rage/

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    • Corky

       /  22nd December 2016

      ”Muslim immigrants breeding trouble there.”

      Damn fine use of words there. Couldn’t be said better.

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  9. Missy

     /  23rd December 2016

    A report in today’s Telegraph has comment from the family of the suspect, and of course they don’t believe he did it, but are urging him to hand himself in. I am not sure how they reconcile their belief he didn’t do it with the fact his fingerprints were found in the truck – including on the steering wheel.

    Another tidbit of information that has come out today is that he fled Tunisia not as a refugee or economic migrant, but as a fugitive. He left Tunisia to avoid a five year prison sentence for vehicle theft, going across the Mediterranean on a migrant boat. The article in the Telegraph says his family confirmed that he was sentenced to 5 years for stealing a truck, they maintain he was innocent of that crime as well.

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    • Blazer

       /  23rd December 2016

      hey Missy its Xmas…take time out from your obsession,relax,take it easy…try the goodwill to all men trip.The media are putting this guy on trial already with the usual tactics,smear ,innuendo….let his case stand or fail on the evidence only.

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  10. Gezza

     /  23rd December 2016

    AL JAZEERA LIVE, BREAKING. ITALIAN MINISTER OF INTERIOR. Suspect in Berlin Market attack shot dead in Italy.

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd December 2016

      11.13 pm.
      Shot dead in gunfire in Milan suburb.

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      • Gezza

         /  23rd December 2016

        “In an altercation with Italian police.”

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          • Gezza

             /  23rd December 2016

            Separately, police arrested two people in the German city of Oberhausen on suspicion of planning an attack on a shopping centre.

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            • patupaiarehe

               /  24th December 2016

              Madness G, all around us… It’s enough to drive a man to drink…

            • Gezza

               /  24th December 2016

              Also breaking on Al Jazeera – Libyan airliner hijacked to Malta with 100 mostly Libyans on Board, on the tarmac there, hijackers reported to have hand grenades & be thretening to blow up plane. IS has just burned two Turkish soldiers alive & posted the video on the net. Along with lots of clips of their TOW missiles & suicide car bomb attacks on armoured vehicles and outposts, hi res, with computer graphics, aerial footage from drones. Nice places to avoid this tourist season.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  24th December 2016

              Aren’t we lucky to live in our little ‘corner of the world’…

            • Gezza

               /  24th December 2016

              Yes, we are.

              Watching live at the moment. The plane is surrounded by security forces. Negitiations are underway. Commenters on Skype don’t know what their demands are, one rumour is they’re demanding the release of Saif Gaddafi, but no confirmation of that.

              Believed there are two hijackers. Moble steps have been wheeled up to the plane, one man keeps coming out and standing by the open door as passengers are released, two at a time, mostly women first, but now a few men as well. Hopefully this is going to end ok with nobody killed.

              Nite patu. Hope your mate stays ok.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  24th December 2016

              He’s good G. I didn’t realise how much my company meant to him. He should buy the beer in future, if he wants me to keep hanging around.. 😀

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