Tunisia’s Interior Ministry says police arrested the nephew of Berlin terror attack suspect Anis Amri and two others suspected of belonging to the same extremist network.
In a statement, the ministry said Saturday that Amri sent his 18-year-old nephew, Fedi, money to join him in Europe.
The Tunisian-born Amri is suspected of commandeering a truck and driving it into a Christmas market crowd in Berlin on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring 48. Amri was killed in Milan on Friday after he apparently opened fire on police who asked for his identification papers.
It is unclear whether the suspects in Tunisia helped Amri flee Berlin. A statement said the three suspects were members of a “terrorist cell” that was “connected” to Amri, AFP reported. The three were described as between 18 and 27 years old, Radio Mosaic FM Tunisia reported, quoting the ministry.
Radio Mosaic, quoting the ministry, reported the nephew told police he communicated with his uncle via the Telegram app, which sends encrypted messages, to avoid security surveillance, The nephew also said, according to Radio Mosaic, that Amri asked him to swear allegiance to the Islamic State.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Doug Stanglin