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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gunman in Munich Kills 9, Then Himself

A gunman opened fire outside a shopping mall in Munich late on Friday afternoon, killing nine people, wounding 21 and sending Germany’s third-largest city into lockdown as the police scrambled to find what they initially thought were as many as three assailants.

By early Saturday, the authorities said the attack was probably the work of a single gunman, an 18-year-old German of Iranian descent who they said held both German and Iranian citizenship.
The body of the presumed gunman, whose name was not immediately made public, was found less than a mile from the mall with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
During a news conference early Saturday, Hubertus Andrä, the chief of the Munich police, said it was unclear what had motivated the assailant, who lived in the city for more than two years and had no police record. He said the authorities were not certain that the rampage was a terrorist attack.
“The events of last night and tonight make us sad, speechless, and in particular right now, our thoughts are with the victims,” Chief Andrä said.
Three of the wounded were in critical condition, officials said.
The bloodshed sent this well-ordered, Baroque city into a panic, as the authorities declared a state of emergency and halted public transportation in the middle of the rush-hour commute.
Members of an elite counterterrorism squad fanned out across the city, and residents were ordered to stay indoors. In some places, pedestrians could be seen raising their hands as they walked past police officers who had their weapons drawn.
Germany has been on edge all week, after an Afghan teenager slashed and stabbed passengers on a train bound for Würzburg on Monday. The assailant, a refugee who arrived in Germany last year, was reported to have waged his attack in the name of the Islamic State. 

Gunman in Munich Kills 9, Then Himself, the Police Say RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, MELISSA EDDY ANDREW JACOBS JULY 22, 2016

The Munich shooter was an 18-year-old Iranian-German "loner"  who reportedly complained of bullying shortly before gunning down his nine victims outside a shopping centre and fleeing the scene to commit suicide

Named locally as Ali Sonboly, the killer is suspected of having used a fake Facebook account to lure young people to the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre with the promise of buying them free gifts.
A police spokesman says they believe that suspect Ali Sonboly was "suffering from depression."

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