Europe cannot allow the lessons learned from Berlin and previous terror attacks to be forgotten.
Sealing their borders, turning back so-called refugees, and beginning the long process of deporting all those currently in Europe must begin immediately.
A man being sought for the truck attack on a Berlin street market was shot and killed Friday by police in a suburb of the northern Italian city of Milan, according to the Italian interior minister.
Anis Amri, a 24-year-old Tunisian asylum seeker, had been at large since the attack Monday night. Twelve people were killed when the tractor trailer plowed into a busy Christmas street market.
Another man was briefly detained as a suspect, then released after no evidence was found tying him to the attack. Amri then became the subject of an international manhunt across Europe, with a $100,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
Police say he was in a suburb of Milan when he was asked for identification, and responded by shooting at police officers. They returned fire and killed him.
Police are sure the dead man is Amri — Miniti said there is “absolutely no doubt.”
Among the evidence linking Amri to the Berlin attack, the BBC’s Mike Sanders reports, is the fact that “fingerprints from the man they shot match those found on the steering wheel of the truck used to mow down shoppers at the Berlin Christmas market.”
Italian Minister of the Interior Marco Miniti said that very early on Friday morning, a two-man police patrol stopped a man who they say was acting suspiciously.
“As soon as he was asked to show his identification papers, the man pulled out a gun and fired at one of the officers in the shoulder,” NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli reports. “The other patrolman opened fire, and killed the suspect.”
Sylvia reports that Italian media is abuzz with accounts of Amri’s past. He served four years in prison “for setting fire to a migrant center after his landing on the Italian island of Lampedusa in 2011,” according to Italian media.
Reports suggest he was radicalized during his sentence, Sylvia says.
“He was repeatedly transferred among Sicilian prisons for bad conduct, with prison records saying he bullied inmates and tried to spark insurrections,” The Associated Press reports.
As NPR’s Bill Chappell noted yesterday, one of Amri’s brothers in Tunisia spoke to the German newspaper Bild and raised the possibility that his brother may have been radicalized in prison.
Both Italian and Germany officials had identified Amri as a potential threat; both governments attempted to deport him, Bill reported.
But they were stymied by the fact that he didn’t have a valid passport, and Tunisia wouldn’t acknowledge him as a citizen.
Amri’s Tunisian passport finally arrived this week — two days after the deadly attack.
Amri reportedly shot this Italian police officer in the shoulder as he was confronted by police.
Amri’s weapon used in the shootout:
More from mirror.co.uk:
The police officer who shot dead Amri was a trainee who had only just joined the force, it has emerged.
Luca Scata, 36, fired at the alleged terrorist during a routine patrol in Milan in the early hours of today.
Moments earlier, the Tunisian national had shot his colleague, Christian Movio, in the shoulder while reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
This morning, Luca’s Facebook page was being flooded with praise from Italians, with one friend telling Mirror Online: “I’m proud of him.”
More later as the story develops. The important thing is that we on the alt-right continue to preach the lessons of nationalism and opposition to immigration.
Europe for Europeans!
Furthermore, if Amri had help, whether from ISIS, the CIA, or Israel’s Mossad, the facts need to be brought out.
One more thing. How many more like Amri have slipped through the cracks and are plotting more mayhem.