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A body is covered in a thermical blanket as Italian police cordon off an area after a shootout between police and a man in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood, early Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Italy's interior minister Marco Minniti says the man killed in an early-hours shootout in Milan is "without a shadow of doubt" the Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri. (AP Photo/Daniele Bennati)

Italy says man shot dead in Milan is 'without a shadow of doubt' the Berlin attacker


The Italian Interior Ministry says the man killed in a Milan shootout is "without a shadow of doubt" the Berlin market attacker who killed 12 people.

The shootout with suspect Anis Amri took place at 3 a.m. in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood during a routine police check, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Amri reportedly pulled a gun from his backpack after being asked to show his identity papers and was killed in a shootout, ANSA reported.

A police officer was injured.

In addition to the 12 killed, 56 were injured in Monday's attack. The Islamic State claimed Amri was allied to their cause.

German authorities issued a Europe-wide wanted notice for Amri, a 24-year-old Tunisian, on Wednesday. They offered a reward of 100,000 euros ($105,000) for information leading to Amri's arrest, but warned he could be "violent and armed."

Authorities say Amri has used at least six different names and three nationalities in his travels around Europe.

The wanted poster issued by German federal police on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 shows 24-year-old Tunisian Anis Amri who is suspected of being involved in the fatal attack on the Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, 2016. German authorities are offering a reward of up to 100,000 euro ($105,000) for the arrest of the Tunisian. (German police via AP)

This is the waned poster of the suspect issued by the German government. 

Amri was repeatedly transferred among Sicilian prisons for bad conduct, with prison records saying he bullied inmates and tried to spark insurrections.

He served 3 1/2 years for setting a fire at a refugee center and making threats. But Italian authorities apparently detected no signs that he was becoming radicalized.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

"Police asked for documents, he pulled out gun and fired."

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