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Survivors of the Breitscheidplatz terrorist attack demand clarification

Berlin - Survivors of the victims of the terrorist attack on Breitscheidplatz in Berlin have requested in a letter from the new federal government "further investigations into the crime and possible accomplices and masterminds". In addition, they would miss a dignified treatment of those affected, reports the RBB, citing a letter from the families of the 13 deaths.

In addition, the bereaved accused the German security authorities of “not sufficiently investigating any traces of possible accomplices”. There have been "serious errors in law enforcement".

It was only on Monday that the RBB reported that the man behind the Islamist attack was an Iraqi-born member of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. This is a high-ranking functionary of the IS, who appears under the battle name Abu Bara'a al Iraqi. He is still at large.

Interior Senator shows understanding for the bereaved
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.

Berlin's Senator for the Interior, Andreas Geisel (SPD), showed understanding for the bereaved. “The relatives of the victims have every right to be angry and to ask for clarification. Subjectively, that is absolutely understandable,” he told the RBB. But there were three committees of inquiry and the investigations of the security authorities. "As much as possible has been cleared up," was his conclusion.

Twelve people were killed in the Islamist attack in December 2016. 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.

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