Munich: police rule out ISIL link

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By Catherine Hardy
Munich: police rule out ISIL link
  • No link to ISIL identified – police
  • 10 dead, 27 wounded
  • Attacker had an “obsessive interest with mass shootings*

    Police in Munich say Friday’s shopping centre shooting has no connection with ISIL.

Ten people were killed in the attack, the majority under 20. 27 were wounded, ten of them seriously.

He seems to have had an obsessive interest in mass shootings

Giving updates at a press conference in the German city on Saturday, Police Chief Hubertus Andrae said a search of the attacker’s apartment has not uncovered any extremist material.

“On the basis of our investigation there is no indication of a connection to ISIL. What we did find were documents relating to mass shootings. He seems to have had an obsessive interest in mass shootings,” he told reporters.

Officers stressed the attack, which came five years to the day after Anders Behring Breivik gunned down 77 people in an attack in Norway, was not connected to the issue of refugees or immigration.

Those who died

Ten people were killed in the shooting spree, which began around 6pm local time.

  • Two 15-year-olds
  • Three 13-year-olds
  • One 17-year-old
  • One 19-year-old
  • One 20-year-old
  • One 45-year-old

The attacker died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, police have said.

The attacker – what we know

  • 18 year old student
  • Born and raised in Munich
  • German-Iranian national
  • No criminal record
  • Had been having psychiatric treatment

    The attack – more details

  • Glock 9mm handgun used
  • Serial number had been filed off
  • Attacker was carrying 300 rounds of ammunition

The Olympia Shopping Centre

Public transport, which was shut down during the alert, has now reopened.

However, stations serving the Olympia Shopping complex remain closed.

The complex itself and a Mcdonald’s restaurant nearby remain closed while investigations are ongoing.