A new suspect is being sought in connection with the terrorist attack in Berlin, Germany. A Tunisian refugee, identified only as Anis A., is now the prime suspect in the terrorist attack that occurred on Monday. On that day, a semi-truck was driven into a Christmas market filled with people. Witnesses say the truck crossed the two-way street, drove on the sidewalk hitting people, then got back onto the street. At that time, the driver exited the vehicle and escaped. Twelve people were killed in the attack and 48 injured, some seriously.
Documents were found inside the vehicle identifying Anis A. According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, he was born in Tunisia in 1992 and applied for asylum in Germany in April at which time he received a temporary resident permit.
Anis A. is only one of the identities the man uses. He has also gone by Ahmed A. according to Die Welt, and other names. A massive manhunt is underway to find the man who is known by police to be part of Salafist circles in Germany.
On November 15, 2016, Jihad Watch published a piece which described the dangers of the Salafist circles in Germany and the work they do to recruit Muslims on the behalf of ISIS.
The rigid rules advocated by the movement – which supports the implementation of Islamic law, or sharia – are an “answer to uncertainty” experienced by young Muslims in Germany, Susanne Schroeter told dpa Tuesday.
Salafism has become a “protest culture in an era where other protest cultures no longer elicit a reaction,” said Schroeter, who has written extensively on Muslims in Germany and gender dynamics in Islamic societies.
She was responding to Tuesday’s ban of a Salafist organization best-known for distributing copies of the Koran across Germany on suspicion of recruiting Muslims on behalf of the Islamic State group.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for this terrorist attack.
This story is developing.