The following is an excerpt from ERIK ORTIZ, CHARLENE GUBASH and CLAUDIO LAVANGA | December 24, 2016 | Barrons.com |
A nephew of the Tunisian national suspected in the Berlin truck attack along with two others were arrested in Tunisia as part of a terror cell, officials said Saturday.
The unnamed nephew told police that his uncle — 24-year-old Anis Amri — made him swear allegiance to ISIS via the communication app Telegram, which they used to "escape security observation" because it is encoded, the Tunisian Ministry of Interior said.
Officials said the nephew confessed that Amri sent him money with another person's ID through the mail so that he could come to Germany to join him.
Amri was killed early Friday in a gun battle with police in Milan, Italy, after fleeing Berlin. He was being sought for Monday's rampage at a crowded Christmas market in which 12 people were killed and 48 others injured.
German officials have said Amri was in contact with an alleged ISIS recruiter and that he wanted his nephew to join the terrorist group. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the truck attack.
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