German-Iranian kills 9 people, then himself, in Munich terror rampage

Police sign blocks the entrance to Odeon square following shootings at a shopping mall earlier on July 22, 2016 in Munich. (AFP PHOTO / dpa / Sven Hoppe)

Police sign blocks the entrance to Odeon square following shootings at a shopping mall earlier on July 22, 2016 in Munich. (AFP PHOTO / dpa / Sven Hoppe)

Teenager a ‘lone wolf’ attacker apparently ‘inspired’ by Islamic State, minister says; all-clear given after hours of panic and tension

(SOURCE)  Munich police said early Saturday that the shooter in a deadly shopping mall rampage that killed at least nine people was an 18-year-old German-Iranian man.

“The perpetrator was an 18-year-old German-Iranian from Munich,” police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters after the massacre that left 10 people dead including the gunman. “The motive or explanation for this crime is completely unclear.”

However, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the teenager was believed to be a “lone wolf” attacker who appeared to have been “inspired” by the Islamic State group but was not a member of the jihadist network.

Nine people were killed and 21 were injured in the shooting, described by police as an “acute terror” situation.

Investigators found the body of the suspected shooter, who appears to have acted alone and then killed himself.

Police said the gunman was a German-Iranian 18-year-old who was not previously known to police.

The shooter opened fire at a McDonald’s restaurant and continued onto a street before entering the Olympia (OEZ) mall near the Olympic stadium in Munich.

A video posted on social media appeared to show a man dressed in black walking away from the McDonald’s while firing repeatedly on people as they fled.

Video obtained by The Associated Press from German news agency NonstopNews showed two bodies with sheets draped over them not far from a McDonald’s across from the mall.

Another video appeared to show the shooter opening fire at civilians outside the fast food restaurant.

Authorities evacuated the main train station in the city of some 1.4 million, while metro and bus transport services were suspended in the wake of the assault, but have since resumed. For hours, locals were told to say off the streets, amid fears gunmen were still on the loose, before the all-clear was given.

The shopping center, which opened in the 1970s and bills itself as Bavaria’s biggest, was surrounded by armed police, while a helicopter buzzed overhead.

The Olympia mall is near the stadium for the 1972 Olympics and the athletes’ village, which was the site of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by the Palestinian Black September group.

Europe has been on alert in the wake of a string of attacks including bombings in neighboring France and Belgium.

The carnage came on the fifth anniversary of right-wing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik’s massacre in Norway that killed 77 people.

The violence happened just days after a teenage asylum seeker went on a rampage with an axe and a knife on a regional train in Germany on Monday, injuring five people, two of them critically.

The assailant had arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Germany in June 2015 and had been staying with a foster family in the region of the attack for the last two weeks.

In May, a mentally unstable 27-year-old man carried out a knife attack on a regional train just southeast of Munich, killing one person and injuring three others.

Bavaria became the main gateway for hundreds of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Germany.

Hate crimes and attacks against migrants exploded after arrivals spiked to more than one million last year, mostly from the Middle East and Africa.

 Some 923 offences against refugee shelters were reported in 2015, compared to 175 the previous year, according to figures from the Interior Ministry.

Of these, 177 were acts of violence, up from 26 in 2014.

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2 comments

  1. SweetJava

    When our children decide on a coarse of life that’s against the moral compass of civilization, against the very fabric of life – life itself, things go array in a horrible, horrendous way. The young are being brainwashed for a useless cause that ends up in death of both the innocent and the culprit. And for what..? certainly not for themselves, their dead.
    When our children decide on a coarse of life against sage and trustworthy, truly proven words of Scripture, good advice, when it goes un-heed chaos and havoc happens. Leading to death spiritually, mentally and physically.
    When our children think death is preferable then life, something is terribly wrong with society. This is the era we find ourselves living in, this is the end times! We as a society are being pitted against one another in every form, from the slightest argument/disagreement to the escalation of war.
    If we do not turn back to the Holy Scripture’s for sage counseling, getting on our knees with prayer, back to basic truth (does anyone know what that is anymore..?..) as a society, we are annihilating ourselves as history has proven… oh wait! history isn’t taught, only abbreviated.
    God has been taken out of our schools and government and so our moral/ethical compass has been spew out of control. If we don’t change from within things will only get worst… The birth pangs are becoming harder to bear… We’ve become spiritually dead and must wake up! Anyone that doesn’t think there is a spiritual war at/in play is wrong. Look around– look at what’s happening – evil vs good is being sported around like a game, with dire circumstances. Only our trust in Jesus Christ can reverse this coarse in individuals, in society. And our constant prayers…

    My prayers goes to every individual in the fire of it all that paid/pay with their life. May God have mercy on their soul. My prayers to the remaining who have to pick up the pieces, may God heal their pain.
    May God change our core being into reflecting His will, producing His fruits and showing the world there is a better way then the violence presently being manifested. God with us! anything less brings chaos, death and destruction. God bless us all.
    In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. Maranatha!

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