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Not a lone perpetrator: Anis Amri is said to have acted on behalf of IS

Five years after the Islamist attack on the Christmas market on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz, according to a report, the man who commissioned the attacker Anis Amri has been exposed. He is the Iraqi-born member of the Islamic State (IS), Ali Hazim Aziz, reports the RBB. He is a high-ranking functionary of the terrorist militia and appears under the battle name Abu Bara'a al Iraqi. He is still at large.

According to the report, both the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) received information about a possible client of Iraqi origin a few days after the attack on December 19, 2016. However, despite the classification of the information as "extremely reliable", the authorities did not pursue the information any further. A BKA spokesman had confirmed to the investigative committee in the Bundestag that the trail had fizzled out.

"Anis Amri was everything, just not a single perpetrator"

The RBB reporters spoke for their documentary "Christmas Market Attack - The Islamist Network" with an IS man imprisoned in Syria, who had confirmed that the IS terrorist in Berlin was the right hand of the IS secret service chief Abu Mohammad al-Adnani who was killed in 2016.

FDP MP Benjamin Strasser, who sat on the investigative committee for his party, told reporters: “Anis Amri was everything, just not a single perpetrator.” Astrid Passin, spokeswoman for the survivors of the attack, said in the documentary: “We are shaken and horrified that there have been so many mishaps.” A victim who is still suffering from the consequences of the attack is quoted as saying: “We will probably never find out the truth because the secret services have no interest in it.”

Twelve people were killed in the Islamist attack. At the beginning of October this year, a first aider also died as a result of his injuries. Anis Amri was shot dead by Italian police officers in December 2016.

Several government mishaps before and after the attack
In the run-up to the attack, there had been several breakdowns by the authorities. Investigators overlooked photos on a cell phone seized by Amris in Berlin, which showed the terrorist, among other things, with a firearm, various stabbing weapons and pepper spray.

A few weeks after the attack on Breitscheidplatz, an undercover agent from the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Office for the Protection of the Constitution announced that an Arab family in Berlin-Neukölln had given Amri money and information for the crime and had driven him out of the city after the attack. But the Office for the Protection of the Constitution did not pass this and other information on to investigators from the Federal Prosecutor's Office and the BKA.

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