Suspect in deadly Berlin attack is latest Tunisian jihadi.
The Tunisian now wanted throughout Europe has six aliases, three nationalities — and links to the same brand of Islamic extremism that has drawn at least 6,000 of his countrymen to jihadi networks.
Anis Amri, who turns 24 today, is in grim company with other Tunisians claimed by the Islamic State. One of them is the man who mowed down 86 Bastille Day revelers in the southern French city of Nice in July, and another gunned down dozens of tourists on a beach in Tunisia.
At least 6,000 Tunisians have left home to join Islamic State extremists, forming the largest nationality of foreign fighters for the group. Many trained at Islamic State camps in neighboring Libya. Others made their way to Syria and Iraq.
It’s still not known whether Amri had direct links to the Islamic State, but the extremist group claimed responsibility for the Monday night truck attack on the Berlin Christmas market that left 12 people dead and 48 injured.
Amri’s wallet was found inside the cab of the truck.