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German prosecutors charge friend of Christmas market attacker: Die Zeit

FILE PHOTO: Visitors silently observe in front of a memorial at the site of the Christmas market’s truck attack, which killed 12 people and injured many others two years ago on December 19, at Breitscheidplatz square in Berlin, Germany, December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

BERLIN (HeadlineNews) – German prosecutors have charged a 31-year-old Russian man, an acquaintance of the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attacker, with planning to carry out a separate attack in Germany, Die Zeit newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The suspect, identified by authorities only as Magomed-Ali C., has been in custody pending investigations in Berlin since August.

Without identifying its sources, Die Zeit reported that the Russian was accused of planning a bomb attack in Germany with a friend and Amri.

Amri, who killed 12 people in the Christmas market, was shot dead by police in Italy days after the attack in Berlin.

No one at the prosecutors or the Berlin court were immediately available to comment.

Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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