Berlin police raid apartments linked to the mosque frequented by the December Christmas market attacker, Anis Amri, 28 February 2017

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Police raided greater than 20 properties, primarily residences

German police have carried out raids throughout Berlin on properties linked to a mosque utilized by the Christmas market truck attacker, Anis Amri.

A 460-strong police deployment searched residences and two business premises. Six jail cells had been additionally searched.

The organisation which ran the mosque has been closed down.

Twelve individuals had been killed and greater than 50 injured by Amri, a Tunisian asylum seeker, in December. He was shot lifeless by police after fleeing to Italy.

Police say the raids comply with a call to ban the organisation, often called Fussilet 33, in mid-February. The properties focused had been utilized by those that ran the organisation, police mentioned.

German prosecutors say that Amri visited the mosque regularly, together with on the day of the assault.

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It’s alleged to have been a centre for radicalising Muslim recruits for so-called Islamic State in Syria and gathering funds for IS assaults.

Police mentioned they’d stored watch on the constructing with a digital camera positioned reverse the doorway. The mosque closed down every week in the past.

Amri carried out his assault on 19 December on the market in central Berlin. He hijacked the lorry after killing its Polish driver earlier than ploughing by the stalls. Eleven individuals had been killed there.