Berlin night market
by Dee McLachlan
Two days ago a truck was driven into a busy German market killing 12, and injuring 48 injured, some severely. After finding an ID under the truck driver’s seat, the German police launch a manhunt for a Tunisian man. The man was not the truck’s regular driver, and some news outlets says the truck had been hijacked.
Would the “terrorist” place his ID under the seat? Passports and ID documents have been used in the past as a standard formula for covering up a government operation.
The suspect (above), registered under the name Ahmed A, 21, in Germany, was born in Tunisia in 1992, and known as Anis A, 24. Authorities have released this picture, and are now offering a reward of 100,000 euros for information leading to his capture. (Gumshoe would love to provide this information to expand operations.)
He was investigated by police during the summer over a case of grievous bodily harm but was never prosecuted as he was said to have absconded. (When they want you to be an absconder, there’s no difficulty in “absconding.”) ISIL claims responsibility for at the Berlin market incident. (Wait — how did ISIL claim responsibility?)
Let me now remind you of similar lucky finds of ID’s:
2016, July – The ID card bearing the name of a terrorist (above) who killed at least 84 people celebrating Bastille Day in France. Police found documents belonging to Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old French man of Tunisian descent, in the truck which ploughed through crowds in Nice.
2015 – The Syrian passport (above), issued to 25-year-old Ahmad Almohammad, was found next to the alleged ‘suicide bomber’ in the Paris terror attacks. Note: German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has revealed may have been planted!
2014 – This is the the ID document of Said Kouachi (above). It was used to implicate the Kouachi brothers in the Paris Charlie Hebdo shootings. Police found the ID of Said in the car that the brothers had abandoned after the shooting. CNN affiliate BFMTV reported, “It was their only mistake,“.
2013 – Evidence found in Tamarlan Tsarnaev’s car after the shootout included a short-term (expired) residency permit for Dagestan, and his 2006 high school diploma from Cambridge Rindge and Latin.
2005 – Russell Square Tube bomb killed 26 people. Jermaine (Germaine) Lindsey’s passport and his driving licence (plus his certificate of mobile phone insurance), were located next to his body by the ‘anti-terror’ squad on the 17th of July. Apparently they had already been to his home in Aylesbury. (report here)
2001 – The passport of one of the alleged hijackers, Satam Al Suqami, survived the crash fireball and tower explosions. It was later “found” a few blocks from the World Trade Center. It was given to a New York City detective by an unknown person.
2001 – There were 5 alleged hijackers on Fight 77. Several items were found in a Toyota at Dulles Airport car park on the 12th; I’ll mention just five: diagrams of an instrument panel for a B757 aircraft; a box cutter; a Pan Am Int. Flight Academy identification card in the name of Hani Hanjour; a travel itinerary for Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Majed Moqed; and a piece of paper that said “Osama 5895316” –
1996 – In Martin Bryant’s car at the tollbooth was a combat shotgun, a bag of ammo for – and conveniently, his passport.
The truck incident in Berlin has initiated security in Adelaide — or has it?
Bollards in Adelaide
This appeared in the news today (2 days after Berlin):
“Adelaide Oval’s security beefed up for cricket and AFL seasons.”
Bollards in Adelaide — to STOP rogue trucks.
The ABC report:
“Additional security measures have been put in place at Adelaide Oval for tonight’s Big Bash match after a series of terrorism attacks overseas.
“Temporary concrete bollards will be erected after a recommendation from South Australian police.
“The State Government will pay about $1 million towards the permanent measures which will include retractable bollards, concrete seating and planted boxes. The measures are aimed at preventing deadly attacks where trucks are used, similar to those in Nice and Berlin.”
Wow! So fast? Would you order $1 million worth of bollards based on one incident in Nice?
The police and State Government in South Australia must be mind readers.
(I should be in the security industry.)
Photo credits: Adelaide - Nick Harmsen