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♪ anchor: this is dw news live from berlin. tonight, there is a new phase for germany's most wanted man. police across germany and europe hunting for a tunisian in connection with the deadly drug attack. federal prosecutors it issued a europe wide arrest or and for 24-year-old anees amri, warning he could be armed and dangerous. his paper was found inside the truck that plowed into a christmas market monday night. we will go live for the manhunt. dw news starts right now.
brent: it is good to have you with us. tonight, good authorities have stopped the berlin truck attack? this has been asked. it has been revealed the tunisian suspect was already under investigation for preparing a serious act of violence against the state, a terrorist attack. prosecutors have now issued a zero-wide arrest warrant for 24-year-old anis amri, warning he could be armed and dangerous. his quest for asylum had been denied, and he was due for deportation. the manhunt began after his papers were found inside the truck that smashed into a berlin christmas market on monday, killing 12 and injuring almost
50. media reports say he was in touch with an islamic network. the so-called islamic state has climbed responsibility -- claimed responsibility, but there is no correlation of direct involvement of i.s. in that attack. the manhunt has expanded from berlin to other states in germany. that includes north rhine-westphalia. the minister is ralph yegor. he gave details about the suspects at a press conference earlier. >> it was not possible to deport this man because he did not have any valid id papers on him. and the procedures were initiated to repatriate him to tunisia, initially denied. today we have received his papers. i will not comment on this in any more detail. this is the only information i
can provide, bearing in mind we want to protect the investigations. brent: i have joined with the city -- our security affairs analyst. it is a fluid situation, but the fact remains there is no video footage of the suspects, so what lead to the police try to follow tonight? reporter: they trace the identity card or this paper, the migration paper that was found in his wallet found in the car, the truck that crashed into the christmas market. and they have a name they can follow. that is a name to have heard of before. so they know about places were this person stayed in germany. one of the places was in an asylum seeker home in northern westphalia. that is one of the traces they followed. they went there, see what they could find, material to get more
hits on where the person is topless -- person is, plus this manhunt. brent: what do know about the man at the center of this search? reporter: the manhunt is europe-wide obviously. it is on websites. the police hopes from the public there will come hits where this person might be. there is a reward of 100,000 euros for information. and of course all of this is done because the person is the prime suspect for the christmas market, but also a person that is known to the police as a highly dangerous islamist in germany. brent: we have been hearing from the police today that they knew about this man, as you say. he was on the radar. this isn't a stranger to the police.
it makes us ask the question, how is it possible for him to get as far as he did and maybe possibly being involved in a terror attack? reporter: the story of anis amri from tunisia, it started seven years ago when he entered europe. he first came to italy. he spent some time in prison that he came in the summer of 2015 to germany, and here he applied for asylum that was rejected. pretty soon, officials decided to deport him back to tunisia, because he had no right to stay in germany. brent: he had a criminal record from italy. reporter: yes, but it was not do any more, so he was mitigated in germany. but since he did not get asylum, officials decided to deport him to tunisia, but they had no
identity papers and could not say where he was from. brent: tunisia is a diplomatic -- it is bureaucratic between a rock and a hard place. tunisia refuses to take them back, saying there is no rupee is a tunisian citizen. reporter: that is often the case that people like him have no identity papers when they come to germany. with you in particular, we can say he was traveling with three nationalities in germany. he said he was from egypt, then lebanon, then tunisia. he used six different names, lived all over the place in germany and westphalia and the south. this is a major point, and during his time, he had contact with prime i.s. suspects from germany. brent: do we know how police know that he had that contact?
have they given us that evdence? reporter: not from official sources, but from backgrounds and a number of different puzzle pieces from various medias that he was in touch with actually nis --an i.s. preacher who was arrested last month, said to be the number one of i.s. in germany. there were contacts to our prime suspect anis amri. brent: it could be another place for the investigation, certainly not the end of the story. think you very much. -- thank you very much. german lawmakers were brought up to speed regarding the latest developments with the truck attack when senior cabinet members and officials and police commanders attended an emergency meeting of the internal --
bundestag's internal affairs committee. reporter: this is the slogan of this administration here. demonstrators had been invited by the alternative for germany already. the right wing political group has taken to the internet to score political points before perpetrators are arrested. the boss rights, germany is no longer safe. it is the duty of the chancellor to inform us. since she will not, i will. this party also joined in. he treated americans responsible for these death. >> the first response is rabble rousing. we have heard this from mr. pretzel who says these are angela merkel's debts. that is completely wrong, especially considering what just happened. a crisis meeting, top government officials and heads of the security agency and police --
the ruling party want to tighten asylum legislation. >> as the cdu-csu, we will heighten pressure following the christmas break. we will introduce vital new information as quickly as possible. >> it is not appropriate to tie political demands given the information we have available right now. we do not know in detail what happened. >> in this respect, i don't want to speculate on what implications this might have. should the tunisian proved to be the assailant. reporter: one new security measure that has been agreed to is margaret -- video surveillance and cameras for police officers. >> this is a vigil, but it is nothing more than a demonstration against the german chancellor, calling for her to
step down. they were fast to start the debate about the political fallout from this terrible terrorist attack in germany, but it is not alone. more questions are being asked from within the chancellor's own political camp. the csu was to change policy on migration here in germany. the debates on this have just begun. brent: that was outside the chancellor's office. she will join me later to talk about the demonstration where she was reporting from. in berlin, people are slowly coming to terms with the events of monday night, honoring the victims, supporting the injured, seeking reassurance from the police everything possible is being done to catch the attacker. >> how do you clean up after terrorism? slowly, carefully, and with lots of police.
while the site of the area is under like down -- locked down, people are still coming. they felt compelled to pay respects for those killed and hurt in the attack. >> i decided yesterday i would leave a little earlier to come here and more and to somehow express my condolences to the families and the people who have died or who will suffer from a disability for the rest of their lives. >> could have been more than 12 people who died. it means a lot to me to come here to be strong for my city. >> with so many open questions and the offender still on the loose, many berliners are hoping police find answers soon. meanwhile, life goes on, and christmas markets throughout the
city have reopened, shining out defiantly against the darkness. brent: we want to go to our correspondent oliver. he joins us from the scene of monday night's attack at a christmas market. good evening. there are protests tonight there at the square where the truck attack happened. oliver: that is right. the process was finished, but it was an interesting situation. we had hundreds of counter protesters taking to the streets against a very tiny group of two or three dozen neo-nazis, and people were upset about the fact this troop of neo-nazis was taking to the street at exactly the same spot or very close to the spot where the attacks happened just two days ago, where 12 people were killed and dozens injured.
the counter protesters said the neo-nazis are exploiting the situation to distribute their political agenda, their ideology which is obviously distributing their anti-migrant and anti-islam stance that they have . on the other side, the neo-nazis countered and said this is all of the salt of angela merkel by allowing the open-door policy to refugees to come into the country. they took the early confusion here because we still don't know who was actually in charge of the terror attacks as the investigations are still ongoing. brent: evidence is still being collected. we don't have a suspect in police custody at the moment. and at the same time, people are still laying tributes to the victims there where you are,
right? oliver: that is right. all around here, there are different spots where people will put down their candles and flowers there is many people -- and flowers. there is many people not just from berlin, members of the muslim community who are putting flowers down, writing some posters and messages to all those who lost friends and family here, and at the same time, there is a lot of defiance . people just want to carry on with everyday lives. a very busy and buzzing shopping world nearby. here it is very busy, and they try to be busy with people doing their christmas shopping. the bulge want to carry on with their lives and show the message they don't want to be torn apart are the attacks that happened here. brent: the resilience in berlin is palpable where you are
♪ brent: welcome back. our top story, german prosecutors have issued a europe wide arrest were in for a tunisian national in connection with berlin's deadly truck attack. officials say 24-year-old anis amri could be armed and dangerous. his immigration documents were found inside the vehicle that smashed into a busy berlin christmas market killing 12 people. 100,000 euro reward is being offered to information or his arrest. the breitscheidplatz christmas
market was one of around 80 here in the german capital. many closed as a sign of respect for the victims following monday's attack, but they have since reopened. security has been steppe up, but has the terror attack put visitors off? our reporter went to some of the more popular markets to see what the mood is like now. reporter: a christmas market in berlin, the air smells of roasting chestnuts and almonds as usual. visitors looked serene. >> you look so relaxed, do you feel that way? >> we just made a test -- toast of life. reporter: but the impact of monday's attack is certainly being felt in berlin's historical center.
safety is on everyone's minds. the searching of bags and other security measures was already in place last year. now they have been stepped up >> . we will have additional support from the police who have a greater presence since yesterday, both plainclothes and uniform. i think we are in good shape. reporter: a few kilometers away, another christmas market at alexander plots. there is no security inspection. it is more usual -- it is more empty than usual. >> not much going on. usually it is full. while some people have decided to stay home, others want to send a different signal. >> we came here to say now more than ever. reporter: many berliners refused to be intimidated. that is a great comfort to the vendors whose livelihoods depend
on the turnover. everyone knew this would happen soon. we have to serve up a big portion of fatalism. i have never been afraid. i'm glad my coworker is still alive. i don't think anything else is going to happen. what is done is done. reporter: so it is business for usuals as some. berliners are used to bouncing back. brent: bouncing back indeed. let's talk business and politics, mix it up. barack obama has made an order to protect the environment which donald trump cannot overturn. daniel has got the details about that. daniel: it is true. the american president has made another executive intervention to secure his visit -- his legacy. in less than four weeks, donald
trump because president of the united states. he has threatened to roll back many of obama's cornerstone policies. he calls climate change a hoax and wants to bring coal mining jobs back and demands the united states drill for more oil. donald trump is an environmentalist's nightmare. by nominating rex tillerson for secretary of state, he made it very clear he sees america's future in traditional, the alternative energy. trump is not the first conservative to ask for more oil production especially under the arctic shelf. >> we will drill here and now. reporter: there was sailor -- sarah palin in 2008. but trump will have been the first to make it happen until barack obama posted this tweet late tuesday, the president making the case for a ban on
drilling in arctic waters being joined by canadian prime minister justin trudeau. it is a last ditch effort to lock in environmental protection before leaving office. it allows presidents to withdraw from their position any of the lands on the shelf. aides clarify the little-known law makes these provisions indefinite. congress would have to repeal the law to overturn obama's action, but it would take 60 votes in the senate, more than republicans have. well arctic waters roughly the size of spain and such are now protected, big oil is not into handed. the bering sea is open for business. also, more gifts for the industry. it is likely the keystone pipeline is on the table again, and the dakota access pipeline, currently halted by protesters
in area i would buy the lakota sioux could -- owned by the lakota sioux could be opened again. oliver: now it is back with a new factory opening up this new car. the german carmaker faces and up hill struggle to get kenyan car buyers. reporter: they reopened their kenyan doors. two models of the beat -- bw brand will be opened in nairobi. they plan to assemble 1000 cars a year at the plant. >> kenya is the right market size, developing very fast, economically growing. reporter: the move is a welcome one for the kenyan economy.
the number of cars being manufactured locally has been on the decline, but their reentry has come with great expectations. >> this is only the start of the journey we have embarked on our mission to industrialize our economy. under a strategy we have dubbed the transformation program. reporter: they still remain underhanded with competition from cars like japan. they are low-cost, and how does volkswagen compete against this? reporter: the answer could be the youth. >> the young people coming as potential customers, we think it is good to start in kenya now with a car that is already successful. reporter: this is in line with vw's africa strategy. the carmaker already have a
full-fledged assembly plant in south africa, where at least 3.5 cars have been -- million cars have been assembled. brent: she joins us now with more on this. you visited the factory. what were your impressions? how significant is this? edith: i think this says it all, the president was in attendance, the ceo of global -- volkswagen globally, so this is something of great importance for the people of volkswagen, but for kenya this is huge. after four decades of not having volkswagen, it will be good for jobs. the big thing is they will have a training facility so the canyons training with them -- the canyons kenyans -- the kenyans will have this skill
set. oliver: so we were reporting that germany pools most of its investments into most of south africa, the majority of the investment goes there. is this a sign that could be changing? edith: certainly. it is more than a sign because they did intimate that come february next year, the deputy ambassador to kenya that there will be a business conference between kenya and german businessman. they are trying to enhance the relationship, and with a president from chaos up -- kinyasa, it does help the relationship and that both pigeons are looking to continue meeting with each other. brent: thank you very much for reporting on that with us. that is all of the business. brent: here's a look at the other stories making headlines.
evacuation from eastern aleppo have resumed after being stolen for a day -- stalled for a day. around 25,000 people have left the eastern part of the city since the evacuation began. thousands more remain. turkish president erdogan says the police officer that assassinated the russian person was a part of the deal and -- the gulen movement. at least 31 people have been killed and dozens m fireworks market in mexico. it came in the run-up to the christmas holiday when many mexicans stock up on fireworks. it is the third time in just over 10 years explosions have hit the popular san pablito
marketplace. here is a reminder of our top story, german prosecutors have issued a europewide arrest warrant for a tunisian national in connectiowith berlin's the 24-year-old was aubrey could be armed and dangerous -- anis amri could be armed and dangerous. after a ort break, i will be back to take you through the day.