ELITE police officers have reportedly arrested four people with links to Anis Amri, the suspected Berlin Christmas market terrorist, in a series of dawn raids.
The suspects were seized at around 5am this morning in Dortmund, but police also carried out raids across Berlin’s Kreuzberg, Moabit and Prenzlauerberg districts.
Specialist SEK units anti-terror units were involved.
The Dortmund raids took place because officers were probing a link between Amri and radical Islamist Boban S, who lives in the area.
The identities of those in custody have not yet been released.
German police were out in force to conduct a series of dawn raids this morning
Elite German police officers carry out dawn raids in hunt for Anis Amri
He said: “No, that’s not the case.
“We do not know of any arrest.”
Armed officers allegedly made four arrests
Officers used helicopters and sniffer dogs during the search but Amri was nowhere to be found.
Denmark’s police spokesman Klaus Arboe Rasmussen said: “Our assessment this morning is that nothing suggests he is or has been in Grenaa.”
German officers reportedly arrested the four alleged terrorist sympathisers in Dortmund
His father said he was a “violent drunk” who turned to substance abuse in a bid to escape the poverty around him in his home country of Tunisia.
Amri’s parents believe he was radicalised while spending time in a European jail.
His father said: “He dropped out of school and travelled to Italy; he was involved in a robbery and a case of burning down a school and camp.
“He spent four years in jail in Italy where he met extremist groups which attracted him.”
Abdelkader Amri, the alleged attacker’s brother, said he was “shocked” when he saw his sibling’s picture on the news.
German police reportedly make four arrests in connection with the Berlin terror attacks
“If he’s guilty, he deserves every condemnation. We reject terrorism and terrorists – we have no dealings with terrorists.”