EUROPE’S open borders policy has come under immense criticism amid revelations that the dead suspect in the Berlin terrorist attacks travelled across three different countries as the continent’s most wanted man.
Anis Amri, the 24-year-old Tunisian whose fingerprints were found on the wheel of the truck which mowed down 12 people on December 19, was killed in a shootout with police in Milan at 3am on December 23.
The jihadi, known to German police as a criminal and an extremist, exchanged fire with Italian officers who asked him for ID as he stepped off a night train from France. He shot officer Cristian Movio in the shoulder before being killed in return fire. Movio is now recovering in hospital.
Italian police have revealed that Anis, who arrived in Europe on a migrant boat from Tunisia to Italy in 2011, had spent more than 24 hours on public transport before arriving in Milan. He departed from Chambery in south-east France, taking the train on to Turin and Milan, eluding authorities for almost a week whilst travelling in the open.
The response from anti-EU figures across the continent has been swift. Nigel Farage has tweeted that the Schengen Area is now a proven risk to public security and ‘must go’.
Meanwhile Front National leader Marine Le Pen issued perhaps the most damning appraisal, telling press: “Without permanent national borders, France and its neighbours, are reduced to learning that an armed and dangerous jihadist was probably wandering on its soil, only after the event.”
German security services are also under serious criticism as to how they allowed Amri to slip through the net, and how a known extremist with a lengthy criminal record could pull off such an horrific attack.
The German interior ministry has now announced that there are 330 people in the country suspected of involvement in terrorism.