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An elderly man lays down a candle in Berlin, Germany. (Picture: AP)

Tunisia- Germany’s Centre for Terror Defence (GTAZ) has issued on Wednesday an arrest warrant of Anis Amri, the main suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack. GTAZ promised a reward of 100, 000 euro for anyone who offers information that lead to the arrest of the attack executor.

Tunisian anti-terrorism police questioned Amri’s family, according to AFP. A German official accused Tunisia of procrastination regarding exiling the Tunisian suspect after his asylum request to Germany was turned down in June.

“In June 2016, the suspect asylum seeking request was declined but his exile was stopped because he did not have identifying documents,” said Ralf Jaeger, interior minister of western North Rhine-Westphalia.

While search for the suspect in Germany is ongoing, authorities reported that the attack killed 12 and wounded 48 on Monday and was conducted by a Polish truck whose driver was captivated. Furthermore, authorities released the Pakistani suspect after proven innocent.

Truck owner Ariel Zurawski said that the driver who is 183 meters tall and 120kg arrived on Monday to Berlin to deliver a shipment from Italy but the operation was delayed to Tuesday so he had to stay in Berlin.

Zurawski added that the driver talked to his wife at 3 pm and they agreed to talk back later on but this did not happen. The truck’s GPS was showing that it was being driven for short distances as if someone was learning how to drive it.

According to the truck owner, the truck was moved from its position at 7:40 pm towards a crowded town in west Berlin where the attack took place around 8:00 pm.

The Polish driver was later found shot dead in the backseat of the truck—investigators found a document, under the driver’s seat, that reveals the identity of the Tunisian driver. This document is usually given for asylum seekers whose requests are declined but are not exiled from the county.