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8 Jan, 2017 00:30

Berlin truck attacker obtained gun in Switzerland – report

Berlin truck attacker obtained gun in Switzerland – report

The Tunisian man, who slammed a truck through a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market killing 12 people, obtained the gun he used to hijack the vehicle in Switzerland, according to the German TV channel ZDF.

“A lot speaks for that in the investigations so far,” ZDF reported, without citing its source.

The broadcaster added that Anis Amri's mobile phone data showed he had been to Switzerland several times.

Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG) didn’t comment on the report by the German broadcaster, saying in a Saturday statement that they have “opened criminal proceedings against unknown persons based on information from abroad.”

“The aim of the criminal procedure is to clarify possible points of contact with Switzerland which could be of interest to foreign colleagues,” the spokeswoman said, as reported by Reuters. She added that the data in question concerned people, logistics, and the weapon, but as of now, there was “no verified information.”

Meanwhile, German media reported on Saturday that authorities have been aware of Amri’s potential terrorist intentions for at least a year.

In December 2015, authorities allegedly received a letter from one of Amri’s roommates at the asylum center in Emmerich am Rhein warning that Amri should be considered dangerous “because of suspected contacts to the so-called IS.” The information immediately forwarded to the State Protection Service of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Amri, a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia, was killed on December 23 in a shoot-out with police in Milan 4 days after carrying out the terror attack in Berlin.