Berlin Attacker Was Arrested in August for Forging Documents But Was Released By Judge

Posted: Dec 21, 2016 12:00 PM

A German security official has told CNN that the suspect involved in Monday's Islamic attacks had been arrested with forged documents in the southern German town of Friedrichshafen in August, on his way to Italy, but was released by a judge under Chancellor Angela Merkel. The suspect also came onto the radar of German police because he was looking for a gun, the official said.

On Monday, the suspect drove a bus drove into a crowd of innocent bystanders shopping in a Christmas market, killing a dozen people and injuring many more. Police had arrested a suspect, a refugee from Pakistan, but soon released the man. 

The new suspect emerged after police found documents in the truck belonging to a 24-year-old Tunisian national identified only as Anis A.

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