German Chancellor Angela Merkel vows to increase security after a deadly attack on a Berlin Christmas market allegedly by a failed asylum seeker. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday (December 23) that her government would take measures to improve security. Speaking after Italian police shot dead a rejected Tunisian asylum seeker linked to the truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, Merkel vowed to expel failed asylum seekers more quickly in the future. "I told the president that we will speed up the repatriation process and increase the numbers of repatriated persons," she told reporters in Berlin. She added that the incident raised many questions. "The overall threat of terrorism remains as it has been in recent years. We all know that. For me, as for the whole government, it remains the highest duty of the state to protect its citizens. During these times of great challenges, we do everything possible to make sure that our state is a strong state," Merkel told reporters in Berlin. She had told Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi during a phone conversation that her government wanted to speed up deportation of failed asylum seekers and increase the number of those expelled, she added. Twenty-four year-old Tunisian Anis Amri is suspected of ploughing a truck through a festive Berlin market on Monday, killing 12 people. Officials said he had been refused asylum in Germany, but had not been deported. Police said he traveled to Italy from Germany via France, taking advantage of Europe's open-border Schengen pact to cross the continent undetected. Italian police said they shot him dead after he pulled a gun on them during a routine check in the early hours of Friday In a video released on Friday after his death, Amri is seen pledging his allegiance to militant group Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.