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Germany agrees to deport Bardo museum fugitive to Tunisia

Tunisian security forces seen outside the Bardo museum in Tunis, on March 18, 2015 [Anadolu Agency]
Tunisian security forces seen outside the Bardo museum in Tunis, Tunisia on March 18, 2015 [Anadolu Agency]

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said today that a Tunisian man wanted in his homeland for his possible involvement in a deadly attack on a Tunis museum in 2015 can be deported.

The man was arrested last month on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Germany.

In 2015, extremist militants stormed the Bardo museum and killed 21 foreign tourists.

"I can confirm that the talks between us and the Tunisian side have been successful. The terrorist is sitting in custody and I expect that he will soon be deported," de Maiziere told broadcaster ARD for the Bericht aus Berlin programme.

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The Tunisian, identified by German media as Haikel S., was arrested last month and is believed to have recruited for Daesh in Germany, German prosecutors have said.

He had lived in Germany for a decade until 2013 before re-entering the country to seek asylum in August 2015, five months after the storming of the Bardo museum, the prosecutors said.

Tunisian investigators suspect the Tunisian asylum seeker was involved in the assault and had issued a warrant for his arrest in June 2016.

Earlier Italy said it had expelled a Tunisian who might have had links with the man who killed 12 people in Berlin by driving a truck into a Christmas market.

Read: Italy deports Tunisian suspected of links to Berlin attacker

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