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TUNIS – Tunisian security forces on Saturday arrested the nephew of the suspected Berlin Christmas market attacker and two other men thought to be “connected” to Anis Amri.

A statement says the three suspects were members of a “terrorist cell” that was “connected to the terrorist Anis who carried out the terrorist attack in Berlin”.

The Tunisian interior ministry said the three, aged between 18 and 27, were members of a “terrorist cell”, and that they were detained overnight.

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Tunisian-born Amri, 24, was shot dead by police near the Italian city of Milan in the early hours of Friday.

Monday’s lorry attack on the market left 12 people dead and 49 injured.

The interior ministry statement said Amri’s nephew had confessed that he communicated with his uncle via the encrypted chat application Telegram to evade security surveillance.