Germany Mulls Parliamentary Inquiry over Berlin Truck Attack

Security and rescue workers tend to the scene after a lorry truck ploughed through a Christmas market on December 19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. At least two people have died as police investigate the attack and whether it is linked to a terrorist plot.
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BERLIN (AP) — A senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel says he’s open to launching a parliamentary inquiry into whether authorities made mistakes in handling the Tunisian man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin.

Attacker Anis Amri had been rejected for asylum in Germany but authorities had been unable to deport him. Amri, who had used at least 14 different identities since coming to Germany, also was on their radar as a potential security risk.

Volker Kauder, the caucus leader of Merkel’s conservative Union bloc, noted Saturday there are questions whether there were coordination problems between federal and state authorities, news agency dpa reported.

He added: “If one of is of the opinion that more needs to be done here, I am open to a committee of inquiry.”


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