Media: German intelligence began spying on the terrorist Amri in 2015

© AP Photo / Boris RoesslerНемецкий police. Archival photoMedia: German intelligence began spying on the terrorist Amri in 2015© AP Photo / Boris Roessler

Police and intelligence services of Germany, followed the actions of the terrorist Anise Amri, who arranged last year’s terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, much longer and more intensely than previously reported, according to the newspaper Welt am Sonntag, citing data from the agents, dozens of documents and protocols.

Targeted surveillance of Amri began at the latest in November 2015. This measure was taken in connection with the investigation against an alleged cell of the «Islamic state»* and preacher Abu Shaft.

Even then, a year before the attack, the criminal police office in düsseldorf received information about the specific plans of Amri. Information was passed to the Federal criminal police office, the office for the protection of the Constitution (counterintelligence) and the Prosecutor General. At least since December of the same year, the ever-changing mobile phones Amri was on the tracking.

In total in the office for the protection of the Constitution was passed more than 12 million files with information about Amri, including his correspondence with militants* Libya. According to Welt, the Department even appointed a private consultant in the case. Moreover, the publication reports that Amri was established close ties with the Libyan militants* before his arrival in Italy in 2011, and what about them was known to the intelligence services of Tunisia.

The reason that Amri was not detained and was able to fulfill their plans, is unclear. The paper suggests that this is due to involvement in the international intelligence agencies, who wanted to use Amri as bait for his patrons from the IG*.

In December 2016, the truck rammed the fair in Berlin, 12 people were killed and 48 were hospitalized. The German authorities stated that it was a terrorist attack wanted suspect, 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri, who was driving the car, was killed in Milan in a shootout with police. The terrorist was affiliated with the banned in Russia and other countries a terrorist group «Islamic state.»*

* Banned in Russia as a terrorist organization