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Berlin Christmas Market Attack Suspect Killed in Shootout

Italian police cordon off an area around a body after a shootout between police and Anis Amri in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood, early Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Daniele Bennati)

Via The New York Times:

Anis Amri, the chief suspect in the deadly terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin this week, was killed by the police in a shootout outside Milan early Friday morning, Italian officials said.

Mr. Amri, during a routine traffic stop, was asked to show identification papers. He immediately opened fire and shot at the officer who had asked for his papers, and a second police officer shot Mr. Amri, officials said in Rome.

“The person who attacked our police officers was killed,” Interior Minister Marco Minniti said at a news conference. “There is absolutely no doubt that the person who was killed was Anis Amri, the suspect in the terrorist attack in Berlin.”

Law enforcement authorities across Europe had been hunting since Wednesday for Mr. Amri, a 24-year-old Tunisian who moved to Italy in 2011 and then relocated to Germany in 2015.

He was described as armed and dangerous, and a reward of 100,000 euros, or about $104,000, was offered for information leading to his capture.

A press conference has begun in Berlin. The Guardian is doing live updates here.