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German Experts Defended Over Berlin Terror Attack

German Experts Defended Over Berlin Terror AttackGerman Experts Defended Over Berlin Terror Attack

Almost three weeks after 12 people were killed and almost 50 others were wounded in the Berlin terror attack on a Christmas market, new information regarding the main suspect, Anis Amri, continues to emerge.This has prompted harsh criticism of German authorities and their actions in the runup to the December 19 attack.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the president of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, defended the country’s anti-terror experts on Saturday, though he confessed not seeing how those responsible had made mistakes, Deutsche Welle reported.

The work of Germany’s security authorities first came under fire late last month after police initially arrested the wrong man-a Pakistani refugee-allowing Amri a head-start as he fled across Europe. Following Amri’s death-four days after the attack in a police shootout in Italy-it soon emerged that the 24-year-old Tunisian had been on the radar of German security services for months.

According to a report, presented to a special committee in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Amri was known to have mingled with terror suspects, the Tunisian was known to police under 14 different aliases.

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