German authorities investigating 2nd suspect in Berlin truck attack

By REUTERS
January 4, 2017 17:14

BERLIN - German authorities have taken into custody a 26-year-old Tunisian man and are investigating whether he played a role in the truck attack that killed 12 people in the German capital before Christmas, a spokeswoman for the chief federal prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Police on Tuesday evening searched the room of the man who had dinner with the Tunisian main suspect Anis Amri, 24, a day before Amri plowed a truck through a Berlin Christmas market on Dec. 19, the spokeswoman said.

"This contact person is a 26-year-old Tunisian. We are investigating him for possible participation in the attack," the spokeswoman told reporters.

The spokeswoman said there was not sufficient evidence at this point to charge the man for any role in the attack.

However, the Berlin state prosecutor's office said in a separate statement that it detained the 26-year-old man on Tuesday evening for fraud involving social benefits.

The chief federal prosecutor's spokeswoman said authorities were evaluating communications devices seized during that raid and the search of an apartment belonging to another man who also had contact with Amri.


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