Berlin attack suspect caught on camera at Milan station

Italian police have released an image of the Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri at Milan's central train station hours before he was killed in a shootout.

Berlin attack suspect caught on camera at Milan station
The alleged Berlin terror attack suspect was seen outside Milan central station hours before being killed in police shootout. Photo: Italian police

The 24-year-old Tunisian, suspected of killing 12 people at a busy Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th, was caught by a surveillance camera arriving at the station at 12.58am on Friday, two hours before he was shot dead in a gunfight with police during a routine identity check outside the train station in the Sesto San Giovanni suburb.

He is believed to have made his way to Milan from Berlin via the French city of Lyon and northern Italian city of Turin.

CCTV footage confirmed that “a man corresponding to the killer” was on a platform at Lyon-Part-Dieu station on the afternoon of December 22nd, a source close to the investigation told AFP.

The source said investigators are still trying to determine how he was able to leave the German capital to reach France and then Italy.

Amri was the focus of a four-day Europe-wide manhunt before being killed in Milan. He is suspected of ploughing a truck into the crowd at the Christmas market in central Berlin. Fabrizia di Lorenzo, a 32-year-old from the Abruzzo region, was among the victims.

The rampage was claimed by the Islamic State group, which released a video on Friday in which Amri is shown pledging allegiance to Isis chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 


Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.