Berlin attack: Police hunt Tunisian suspect after finding ID papers in truck


Police are searching for a Tunisian man in his early 20s in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack, German officials said Wednesday, as questions were raised about his possible ties to Islamist extremism.

The suspect’s identity papers were found inside the cabin of the truck used in Monday’s attack, which left 12 people dead and 48 injured, German security officials said. The man was born in 1992, one said.
Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Ralf Jaeger told reporters the suspect was known to German security services as someone in contact with radical Islamist groups, and had been assessed as posing a risk.
One German security official told CNN the suspect had been arrested with forged documents in the southern German town of Friedrichshafen in August, on his way to Italy, but was released by a judge. The suspect also came onto the radar of German police because he was looking for a gun, the official said.

Latest developments

• Market attack suspect was known to be in touch with radical Islamist groups, a state minister says.
• The suspect’s asylum request was refused and deportation was attempted, a German state minister says.
• German police conduct raids in North Rhine-Westphalia region, a security official says.
 Mourners leave tributes of flowers and candles at makeshift shrines to the victims.