‘A great secret died with him’: Family of Berlin truck terrorist Anis Amri say he should not have been shot dead – and believe he must have had an accomplice

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Amri’s mother Nour El Houda Hassani said a ‘great secret’ died with her son, who was gunned down in Milan yesterday

The mother of Berlin truck terrorist Anis Amri, who was yesterday shot to death by police in Milan, says the world will never know why he carried out the atrocity.

Nour El Houda Hassani, speaking at Amri’s hometown of Oueslatia in Tunisia said that a ‘great secret’ had died with him.

Family members have questioned the need to kill the 24-year-old.

His mother said: ‘Within him is a great secret. They killed him, and buried the secret with him.’

And she called on authorities to unearth who had put her son up to the attack, stating: ‘I want the truth about my son. Who was behind him?’

Amri’s brother Abdel Kader wept as he questioned the need to kill him.

He said: ‘My brother is dead. Bring us his remains, even one of his fingers, and I will put it in my pocket. They killed him when he was still only a suspect. Why?’

Yesterday family members spoke of their shock over Amri’s death, and his radicalisation.

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Family members including Amri’s mother (second left) and father Mustapha (right) watch coverage of the terrorist’s death in Milan yesterday Parents: Nour El Houda Hassani and Mustapha Amni outside their home after being told of their son’s death

Abdul Kader said his sibling died ‘the day he swore allegiance to Daesh’ – a derogatory name for ISIS.

Speaking after news of the 24-year-old’s death reached his family in Tunisia, Abdul said: ‘He did not call us when they published his picture – that’s what convinced us that he was the one who carried out this terrorist attack.

‘We are sorry for the death of Anis, but he did not die today, he died the day after he swore allegiance to Daesh.

‘I know he had a criminal record but I didn’t think that he would ever become a terrorist.’

HUNDREDS OF POLICE OFFICERS HUNTING FOR ACCOMPLICES

Hundreds of investigators in Germany are hunting for possible accomplices of the Berlin truck killer.

Under-pressure police have assigned hundreds of officers to work on the case over the festive period and determine whether Amri acted alone.

He was at the wheel of a hijacked truck which ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in the German capital on Monday, killing 12 and injuring 50.

Anis Amri was shot dead in a Milan suburb yesterday during a shootout with police after he was approached after being seen acting suspiciously. Officers did not know he was Europe’s most wanted man when they spoke to him Hundreds of police officers have been assigned to investigate whether Amri had accomplices in planning and carrying out Monday’s Christmas market massacre

The attack has been claimed by ISIS, and chilling video emerged of Amri yesterday claiming allegiance to Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terror group.

Federal prosecutor Peter Frank said it is possible that Amri was part of a network.

He said: ‘It is very important for us to determine whether there was a network of accomplices… in the preparation or the execution of the attack, or the flight of the suspect.’

Amri was shot dead after opening fire on two police officers who approached him at 3am in a Milan suburb

It is thought that Amri may have been in Milan to meet a contact.

Truck driver Giuseppe Russo told The Times that there was no other reason why the killer would have been in the Milan suburb of Sesto San Giovanni at 3am, when he was approached by police.

Russo said: ‘He was waiting to meet a local contact, someone from around here who was going to hide him.’

And he added: ‘It’s the end of Milan tube line. Where else was he going?’

German authorities face tough questions over how Amri was able to carry out the attack, despite being known to anti-terrorism agencies in Germany and Italy.

He is believed to have been radicalised in Italy – where he arrived from his native Tunisia in 2011 – when he spent four years in jail for starting a fire at a refugee centre.

Amri’s brother Walid holds a picture of the terrorist, who was killed in the early hours of yesterday morning in Milan Anis Amri’s father Mustapha with the terrorist’s brother Walid Amri in tears following his death in Milan Hamida Amri, the sister of 24-year-old Anis Amri, holds his portrait aloft after being told of his death in Milan (left), and brother Abdel Kader Amri (right) holds his head in his hands Brother Abdel Kader Amri (left), and mother Nour-Houda (second right) react to news of the killing today after terrorist Anis Amri was shot to death by police in Milan

Abdul Kader expressed regret at the loss of ‘innocent family members’ due to his brother’s actions.

Twelve people were killed when a truck driven by Amri ploughed into a crowded Christmas market on Monday evening.

He was known to counter-terrorism agencies in Italy and Germany, and authorities face tough questions into how officials lost track of him.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed there will be a probe into failings.

Mustapha Amri, the father of Anis Amri, leaves his home after the death of her son in Oueslatia, central Tunisia Brother of the Berlin Christmas market truck attack suspect Anis Amri, shows a picture of Anis Amri (centre), in Oueslatia, Tunisia Nour El Houda Hassani, the mother of Anis Amri, reacts after the death of her son in Oueslatia, central Tunisia Amri was shot dead after firing at police during a routine approach in Milan in the early hours of this morning Family members held a portrait of Amri, but his brother Abdul Kader Amri said he died ‘the day he swore allegiance to Daesh’

On Wednesday, authorities named Amri as the prime suspect in the atrocity, after his wallet was found in the vehicle.

The lorry had been hijacked, and truck driver Lukasz Urban’s body was found in the passenger seat after the atrocity. He had been shot and stabbed.

The terrorist’s sister, Najwa Amri, said: ‘I’m in shock, my brother drank alcohol, how did he change to radicalism and kill innocent people? I can’t believe that.

‘He called the family three days before the attack. He told me that he was in good health and looking for a job. He asked about the family.’

Earlier yesterday a family member had told a journalist from the Deutsche Welle after Amri’s death was confirmed by authorities in Italy: ‘We are shocked and the whole family is sick. No comment.’

Following reports that his brother may have been killed in Milan, Walid Amri posted on Facebook, alongside a picture of the extremist: ‘I am praying it won’t be you.’

The terrorist’s mother, Nour El Houda Hassani, pictured outside the family home yesterday Mustapha Amri (second left), the father of 24-year-old Anis Amri next to his children Walid (left), Hanan (centre), and Abdelkader, with the truck killer’s uncle (right) in front of the family house in the town of Oueslatia, Tunisia Mustapha and Nour-Houda Amri, the parents of 24-year-old Anis Amri, who was killed in Milan this morning after opening fire on police after being stopped during a routine stop

The family had urged Amri to hand himself in to police when he was named as the world’s most wanted man in connection to the killing of 12 people in Berlin.

They also said they would disown him if it transpired that he was responsible for Monday’s attack, which claimed the lives of 12 people in the heart of Berlin.

Amri had fled Tunisia in 2011 to avoid a jail sentence for vehicle theft. He later served four years in an Italian jail for robbery and arson, his father Mustapha revealed.

It is in jail in Italy that his father believes he was radicalised.

But his sister Najwa has said there was no sign he had been radicalised after he arrived in Germany in June last year.

His sister Najwa said there was no indication that he had been radicalised after he arrived in Germany last year A picture of Anis Amri, posted on Facebook by his brother Walid this morning (left), and Nour-Houda Amri, his mother, reacts during a phonecall as her son Abdelkader looks on

She told The Telegraph: ‘He called us every day asking about the weather back hoime and what I was cooking for dinner, and how is everyone in the neighbourhood.

‘He didn’t look radicalised at all, he was so sweet all the time, smiling and laughing.’

Amri was originally from Tunisia but left seven years ago to travel Italy and it is thought he entered Germany just over a year ago.

His brother Abdelkader yesterday told reporters: ‘I ask him to turn himself in to the police. If it is proved that he is involved, we dissociate ourselves from it.

The family of Anis Amri sits around a potriait of him in their home in Oueslatia, Tunisia,yesterday. After he was named as prime suspect, they urged him to hand himself in

‘When I saw the picture of my brother in the media, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I’m in shock, and can’t believe it’s him who committed this crime.

‘If he’s guilty, he deserves every condemnation. We reject terrorism and terrorists – we have no dealings with terrorists.’

His father Mustapha told The Times yesterday, while his son was still alive: ‘He worked in farm fields and sometimes with street vendors. He drank with his friends, which led to his arrest several times. His name also came up in many court cases regarding his use of cannabis, robbery and violence.’

The suspect was arrested a mile-and-a-half from the scene of the atrocity, after witnesses claimed to have seen him getting out of the truck The market, in the centre of Berlin, reopened on Thursday morning with heightened security, three days after the massacre

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