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The failure of an entire security apparatus

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Berlin - On 19 December 2016, Anis Amri, a Tunesian man with a criminal record and whose application for asylum had been rejected, shot a Polish truck driver and then drove the victim's truck through the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market, killing 11 and injuring 170, some of them seriously. Though Amri had no residency permit in Europe he was able to effortlessly cross national borders using 14 different identities.

Lack of communication between approximately 40 federal and state security authorities in Germany and erroneous assessments of the Islamic extremist, who had been pigeonholed as a simple drug dealer, caused the authorities to remain passive, making it possible for Amri to commit the terrorist attack in Berlin. That's the conclusion of the 1,873-page report put together by the parliamentary committee charged with investigating the case. The Bundestag discussed the report on Thursday. Victims' relatives watched from the visitors' gallery.

The probe on why the attack couldn't be prevented went on for three years. The committee reviewed thousands of files and listened to the testimony of 180 experts and witnesses.

Crucial questions remain unanswered. Who helped Amri prepare the crime........

© Berliner Zeitung

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