German authorities discussed Berlin suspect 7 times before attack

State interior minister said authorities did everything they could do to preempt an attack.

German security officials met seven times to discuss the potential threat posed by Anis Amri, suspected of carrying out the Berlin Christmas market attack, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The details emerged from a committee meeting in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia Thursday. Authorities had begun monitoring Amri, who entered Germany in summer 2015, in December of the same year. They became aware of his desire to plan terror attacks in Germany and were informed about a planned robbery in Berlin to fund the purchase of weapons.

It emerged earlier Thursday that Amri had used 14 different identities since he entered the country.

In September and October 2016, police in North Rhine-Westphalia received tips that Amri had contacted Islamic State sympathizers in Berlin, and “wanted to carry out a project” in Germany.



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