Berlin attack: Police hunt Tunisian suspect after finding ID papers in truck

Police are searching for a Tunisian man in his early 20s in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack, a German security official told CNN on Wednesday.

The suspect's identity papers were found inside the cabin of the truck used in Monday's attack, which left 12 people dead and 48 injured, the official said. The man was born in 1992, he said.

An urgent manhunt is underway for the suspect, who is potentially armed and dangerous, before he can strike again, CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière confirmed that a new suspect was being sought in connection with the attack but declined to confirm his identity. He told reporters a manhunt for the suspect had been underway in Germany and across Europe since midnight.

German police carried out raids Wednesday in connection with the investigation in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia region, where the Tunisian suspect had stayed, another security official told CNN. The official said the suspect was not yet in custody.

A German security official told CNN the suspect had been arrested in the southern German town of Friedrichshafen in August with forged documents on his way to Italy but was released by a judge.

The suspect also came onto the radar of German police at a certain point because he was looking for a gun, the official said.

Latest developments

• German police conduct raids in North Rhine-Westphalia region, a security official says. • Police are searching for a Tunisian man in his early 20s, a security official says. • German President Joachim Gauck visits the injured at a Berlin hospital. • Mourners leave tributes of flowers and candles at makeshift shrines to the victims.

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