The Berlin truck terrorist made a mockery of Europe’s open borders before he was shot dead by police after four days on the run.
Anis Amri was apparently able to travel unhindered for around 1,000 miles through at least three countries.
Carrying no travel documents, the Muslim terrorist who ploughed a truck into a Christmas market murdering 12 people, was able to slip from Germany into France and then into Italy.
The three countries are in the EU’s ‘borderless’ Schengen zone.
It was only when Amri was confronted by a rookie Italian policeman during a routine ID check in a northern suburb of Milan that he was finally caught.
He was gunned down as he tried to flee.
Shortly before his death was announced yesterday morning, blundering German police stated they thought the 24-year-old ISIS fanatic was still in their country. In other terror-related developments yesterday:
– A chilling ISIS propaganda video emerged online which featured Amri pledging allegiance to the terror organisation and vowing to slaughter ‘infidels like pigs’;
– The Italian officers who tackled Amri – one of whom was shot and wounded in the exchange – were hailed as heroes;
– It was claimed that Amri might have tried to make his way to Britain earlier this year.
– More details of the security blunders surrounding the case emerged, with CCTV footage apparently showing Amri visiting a mosque in Berlin within hours of the attack.
The dramatic climax to Europe’s most urgent manhunt unfolded at 3am yesterday, shortly after Amri got off a train in Milan’s Sesto San Giovanni district and was seen acting suspiciously.
As he was challenged, the fugitive pulled a gun from his backpack, screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ and opened fire on the two officers – hitting one, Christian Movio, 35, in the shoulder.
His colleague, Luca Scatà, 29, a trainee police officer who had been in the job only a few months, gave chase before shooting Amri dead in the street.
While the bravery of the Italian officers was praised across the world, critics of the Schengen zone said the bungled hunt for Amri had exposed lax security across the continent.