MILAN, Italy -- Italy's interior minister says a man killed in an early-hours shootout in Milan is "without a shadow of doubt" the Berlin Christmas market attacker.

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Marco Minniti said after the shootout all the necessary checks were conducted and that "the person killed, without a shadow of a doubt, is Anis Amri, the suspect of the terrorist attack."

Minniti said German authorities were immediately informed.

He said the two police officers who were on patrol and stopped Amri "have done an extraordinary service to the community."

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