Berlin Suspect Pledged Allegiance To ISIS In A New Video

"We came to slaughter you pigs," he says in a new video released by ISIS's Amaq News Agency

Anis Amri in the video by ISIS' Amaq News Agency
Dec 23, 2016 at 9:07 AM ET

Anis Amri, the suspect believed to have carried out the terror attack in Berlin that killed 12 people on Monday, pledged allegiance to ISIS in a new video released by the group’s Amaq News Agency on Friday.

The video features Amri, named by ISIS as “Abu al-Baraa al-Tunisi,” standing in a public place and pledging allegiance to ISIS’ leader Abu Baker al-Baghdadi. He says the attack “sends a message to the Crusaders who bomb Muslims every day.” He adds, “We came to slaughter you pigs.”

“We are a Muslim nation who takes revenge,” he says, calling on like-minded people to join and support the “fighting against pigs and Crusaders” in Europe and everywhere else. It is unclear when the video was recorded. There is no reference to Berlin or any other attack in the video.

Earlier on Friday, Amri was shot dead by police, ending an intense, multi-day manhunt across Europe. Officers approached Anis Amri, 24, at a routine checkpoint in Milan, Italy, at around 3 a.m. Friday. When one asked him for identification, Amri pulled out a gun and shot the officer. The second officer then killed Amri, according to reports.

Amri is believed to have killed 12 and injured 48 when he rammed a cargo truck into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Berlin Monday evening. The German authorities arrested a suspect after the attack, but later released him, citing insufficient evidence — focusing their manhunt on Amri.

The Islamic State claimed the attack before Amri had been captured and before much information about him or his motives had been released. German authorities are still investigating.