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Date: 2017-01-10 11:26:23 By: Edgar Via: AP

Germany toughens security rules in response to Berlin attack

Germany's interior and justice ministers agreed Tuesday to toughen the rules on deporting failed asylum-seekers

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Germany's interior and justice ministers agreed Tuesday to toughen the rules on deporting failed asylum-seekers

The proposed measures include extending the period that people can be detained before deportation, making extremists wear electronic ankle monitors and withholding foreign aid to countries who fail to take their citizens back.

The announcement came less than a month after 12 people were killed and dozens more were injured when a 24-year-old Tunisian man drove a truck into a busy Christmas market in Berlin.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the Dec. 19 attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, demanded a swift response that guaranteed both security and civil liberties.

The attacker, Anis Amri , had been rejected for asylum by Germany, but authorities had been unable to deport him because Tunisia initially wouldn't recognize him as a citizen.

Amri, who had used at least 14 different identities since coming to Germany in 2015, had also been on authorities' radar as a potential security risk.

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