Berlin terror trucker Anis Amri ‘pictured with other migrants on Italian island of Lampedusa in 2011 after escaping Arab Spring by boat from his native Tunisia’
Video has emerged of the Berlin Christmas market attack suspect Anis Amri pledging allegiance to ISIS. The footage emerged hours after he was killed in an early-morning shootout in Milan on Friday morning.
A man identified as Amri, then aged 18, sits with his hood up as he watches police on Italy’s Mediterranean island.
Taken on 3 April 2011, he would have just made the treacherous sea crossing from his native Tunisia in a bid to escape the Arab Spring revolutions sweeping the Middle East. Five years later, Amri brought death to the streets of Germany after he was radicalised in an Italian prison.
The ISIS extremist ploughed a lorry into festive shoppers at a Berlin Christmas market on Monday night.
After fleeing the scene, he was finally shot dead by quick-thinking coppers in the Italian city of Milan after a brazen four-day jaunt through Europe via France. A video of Amri pledging allegiance to ISIS in the days before the attack was released by the terror group this afternoon.
Rewind five years, and just days after arriving on Lampedusa trouble-maker Amri was involved in the burning down of a migrant shelter.
His four-year spell in an Italian jail saw him radicalised by extremists who admired ISIS. Speaking to The Times Amri’s father Mustapha Amri said: “He left Tunisia March 2011 in what is called ‘al-Horqa’, a wave of illegal immigration shortly after the uprising.
“He dropped out of school and travelled to Italy, he was involved in a robbery and a case of burning down a school and camp.
In a pledge of allegiance to terror group ISIS, he said: “My message to crusaders bombing Muslims everyday… Their blood will not go in vain.
“We are a nation behind them and will take revenge for them. Adding his allegiance to terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, he continues: “I call on my Muslim brothers everywhere… Those in Europe, kill the crusader pigs, each person to their own ability.”
The Tunisian terrorist screamed “Allahu Akbar” before being killed in a hail of bullets by a rookie cop during a dramatic Milan shoot-out.
Amri was brought down by Italian police at 3am this morning after officers asked him to show his ID.
He is believed to have slipped over the border from France by train.