The Tunisian man suspected of murdering 12 people at a Christmas market has been shot dead in Milan.
Anis Amri, 24, was killed in a shootout with police in the northern Italian city in the early hours of this morning after officers spotted him during a routine patrol.
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They asked Amri for his ID, believing he looked suspicious, and he immediately reached for his gun.
One officer was injured in an exchange of gunfire and is now in hospital.
At a press conference this morning, police confirmed that the dead man was Amri, the suspect whose asylum papers were found in the cab of the lorry which drove into shoppers in Berlin on Monday.
His fingerprints matched those on file for Amri, who had previously been in prison in Italy for four years, police said.
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An undated handout photo made available by German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) on 21 December 2016 shows suspect Anis Amri who is searched for in connection to the 19 December Berlin attacks. A manhunt for the truck driver is underway after an initial suspect had to be released after he was cleared of the suspicion. At least 12 people were killed and dozens injured when a truck on 19 December drove into the Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, in what authorities believe was a deliberate attack.
Italian police cordon off an area around a body after a shootout between police and a man in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood, early Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Italy's interior minister Marco Minniti says the man killed in an early-hours shootout in Milan is "without a shadow of doubt" the Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri.
Italian police cordon off an area around a body after a shootout between police and a man in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood, Italy, early Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Italy's interior minister Marco Minniti says the man killed in an early-hours shootout in Milan is "without a shadow of doubt" the Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri.
Police said they immediately identified and neutralised Amri when they saw him around 3am today.
Interior Minister Marco Minniti said in the press conference that the injured police officer, who is ‘so young’, had done an ‘extraordinary job’.
He said he could not go into the full details of the investigation, as part of it was ongoing.
Earlier, police had said they believed Amri was still lying low in the German capital, probably wounded and trying not to attract attention.
He was filmed by police officers on a stake-out at a mosque in the Moabit district early on Tuesday, only a few hours after the attack, rbb public broadcaster reported.