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Germany seeks Tunisian over Berlin attack

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016

German police are searching for a Tunisian suspect in the Berlin truck attack whose immigration papers were found inside the vehicle, regional newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

Der Spiegel magazine, which did not cite its sources, said the document was in the name of Anis A., born in Tataouine in 1992.

The man is also believed to use false names.

Berlin police said they had received more than 500 leads about the crime, which occurred on Monday night (Tuesdat AEDT) when a large truck laden with steel ploughed through the Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring dozens.

Andre Schulz, the head of the German Union of Detective Constables, said investigators were analysing DNA traces and fingerprints, as well using GPS data from the evening of the attack to trace the perpetrator's mobile phone.

"We have many ways to find this person," Schulz said.

Security sources have told news agency DPA that police are planning an "imminent" operation in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia related to the attack.

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