December 23, 2016 / 12:49 PM / 9 months ago

Italy police say had no idea Berlin truck attacker was in Milan

The body of Anis Amri, the suspect in the Berlin Christmas market truck attack, is seen covered by a thermal blanket in a suburb of the northern Italian city of Milan, Italy December 23, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

MILAN (Reuters) - The Milan policemen who shot dead the suspect in the Berlin Christmas market truck attack were carrying out a routine patrol and had no information that he was in Milan, the city’s police chief said on Friday.

The suspect, Tunisian Anis Amri, was shot at around 3 am (0200 GMT) by two officers who spotted him standing near a train station in a Milan suburb.

“We had no intelligence that he could be in Milan,” police chief Antonio De Iesu said at a news conference. “They had no perception that it could be him otherwise they would have been much more cautious.”

reporting by Ilaria Polleschi, writing by Gavin Jones

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