Lukasz Urban the Polish truck driver who was hijacked on December 19th by Islamic State fighter Anis Amri was shot and stabbed hours before the Berlin attack according to new reports.
The report comes as the results of the autopsy on Mr. Urban was released Monday evening. Medical examiners determined that Urban had been shot and stabbed somewhere between 4.30pm and 5.30pm European Central Time (CET) a full three to four hours ahead of the attack. The autopsy also said that it was possible Urban was still alive during the attack and noted a large amount of blood loss reports Deutsche Welle.
Mr. Urban had been surprised and attacked by Islamic State sympathiser and Tunisian national Anis Amri as he was unloading steel at a Berlin warehouse. Ariel Zurawski, the owner of the trucking company and Urban’s cousin was one of the last people to have contact with him and said, “When I spoke to him he was saying it was a strange area of Berlin because it was full of Muslims. The only Germans he came into contact with were those at the depot.”
During the course of the attack which killed 12 and injured almost 50 others, Mr. Urban was located in the passenger seat of the truck and doctors say it is possible he was alive and conscious during the massacre.
Some authorities believe that Urban was not only alive during the attack but had used his last ounce of strength to try and stop the massacre and as a result, many have labeled him a hero. A petition has also been started in Germany to award Urban the Federal Cross of Merit, the highest award a civilian can achieve in the country and has been signed by more than 37,000 people.
Ariel Zurawski has also said that a campaign to raise money for the family of Mr. Urban has so far raised 165,000 pounds with over 10,000 donors via an online donation platform.
The Berlin terror attack was not the only attack in Germany this year. Several other attacks took place in Wuerzburg, Ansbach, and Essen, some by asylum seekers as in the case of Berlin, Ansbach and Wuerzburg, and some by homegrown Islamic radicals.
Another common factor among the attacks is that they have all been carried out by young Muslims with the oldest, Anis Amri being only 24. Young Muslims, including unaccompanied underage asylum seekers, are seen as a huge potential terror threat by the German security forces. some, like the chief of the Frankfurt Police has called young Muslims raised by Salafist preachers and parents and those radicalized by ISIS propaganda online, as “hate children.”
One young Muslim boy who plotted to bomb a Christmas market in the weeks before the Berlin attack was only twelve years old.