A three-member terrorist cell with ties to Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri was dismantled Friday. Aged 18 to 27, the terrorists were operating in Fouchena (Ben Arous) and El-Oueslatia (Kairouan), the Interior Ministry Saturday said in a press release.
It emerged from the investigation that one member of the terror cell is a nephew of Anis Amri. He confessed to” having been in permanent contact with his uncle through Telegram to avoid police control,” further reads the press release.
Amri convinced his nephew to embrace the takfiri ideology and swear allegiance to the terrorist organisation Daesh, the Interior Ministry further indicated.
The nephew also said he sent the oath of allegiance to his uncle through the same messaging service. Anis Amri would additionally be, according to these confessions, the Emir of Katibat Abu Al-Wala in Germany.
The terrorist element also said his uncle sent money through the mail to help a Takfiri join the Katibat.
The public prosecutor ordered the three taken into custody over suspicion of belonging to a group with ties to terrorist crimes.
Amri was killed Friday in Milan in a shootout with police.