ROME – Italy says it has expelled a Tunisian who allegedly was in contact with an Islamic State group member with links to the Berlin attacker.
The Interior Ministry said Friday that the 32-year-old Tunisian, who was living in Ancona, Italy, praised IS on his Facebook page and was in contact with a fellow Tunisian who is an IS member. That member, says the ministry, had been in contact with Anis Amri, a Tunisian suspected of attacking a Christmas market in Berlin with a truck, killing 12 people. Amri was killed in a shootout with police near Milan on Dec. 23.
The ministry said the expelled Tunisian was suspected of robberies in Italy. He was picked up Dec. 24 and flown Friday to Tunis.
Italy has expelled 135 extremists since January 2015.