Body of Berlin attack suspect returned to Tunisia

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Walid Amri (back), the brother of 24-year-old Anis Amri, the prime suspect in Berlin's deadly truck attack, poses with a portrait of his brother in front of the family house in the town of Oueslatia, in Tunisia's region of Kairouan on December 23, 2016.

TUNISIA – The body of Anis Amri, the Tunisian blamed for the deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market, was repatriated to the North African country on Friday for burial.

 

The remains of the 24-year-old, who was shot dead by Italian police on December 23 while on the run in Milan, arrived at Tunis-Carthage airport and were handed over to his family, an airport source said.

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He is due to be buried in his hometown of Oueslatia in central Tunisia, one of his brothers, Abdelkader, told AFP by telephone.

Amri, a rejected asylum seeker, is believed to have hijacked a truck and rammed it into a crowd at the Berlin Christmas market on December 19, killing 12 people.

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The rampage was claimed by the Islamic State group in a video showing Amri pledging allegiance to IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.