The man suspected of the Berlin Christmas market attack has been shot dead after a gun fight in Milan with police, Italian authorities have confirmed.
The shootout occurred as the result of an international manhunt for Anis Amri, the 24-year-old Tunisian man who was fatally shot this morning.
Italian reports say the gun fight occurred near the train station in Milan after Amri was stopped by police on a routine patrol in the early hours of Friday. He was subsequently identified as the suspected Berlin attacker by his fingerprints.
Italian interior minister Marco Minniti said during a news conference in Rome that the man killed in the shootout was identified as Amri “without the shadow of a doubt”.
Sky News relayed reports stating the man pulled out a gun after he was asked for his identity papers. He then shot and injured a policeman. Amri, who reportedly had a train ticket from France in his pocket, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ during the firefight.
It is believed Amri ploughed a lorry into shoppers at a Berlin Christmas market on Monday evening, killing 12 people and maiming 48. Many people were seriously injured in what is suspected to be a terror attack, which ISIS have since taken responsibility for.
Two photographs of Amri were released by the authorities in a ploy to located the now deceased.
International authorities had been hunting for Amri, who is believed to be the driver of the truck that rammed through the crowd of shoppers at the market, causing carnage on a horrifying scale.
This morning there was a reported sighting of Amri in Aalborg, Denmark, about 450 miles North of Berlin. It was later confirmed as a false alarm.
Amri was shot dead this morning just hours after two men were arrested at a mosque in Berlin, where the 24-year-old was allegedly seen before and after the atrocity.
The Italian interior minister will hold a news conference later in the morning.