FILE PHOTO: Police stand guard at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, December 21, 2016, after a truck ploughed through a crowd at the Breitscheid square Christmas market. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo - RTS12FEB

The militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on Dec. 19, but it was unclear whether it had planned and executed it, or just inspired the attacker with its calls on supporters to hit targets in enemy countries.
Der Spiegel cited information provided to German security authorities from the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 8 that said Anis Amri, the failed asylum seeker who drove the truck into the crowd, had received an order from a squad within IS.
The squad is known to German authorities from other proceedings against suspected IS militants disguised as refugees, the magazine said.
Amri, who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State, was shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days after the Berlin attack. Islamic State said the attack had been perpetrated by an IS “soldier … in response to calls to target nationals of the coalition countries”.
The federal public prosecutor’s office and the BKA …
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