Munich Shooter had no Links to ISIS: Police

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July 23, 2016

New Delhi: The lone attacker who unleashed a rampage that resulted in the death of nine people and wounded 27 others is said to be of German-Iranian descent and has been identified as Ali Sonboly. The Munich Police had ramped up security measures immediately on Friday night.

July 23, 2016

New Delhi: The lone attacker who unleashed a rampage that resulted in the death of nine people and wounded 27 others is said to be of German-Iranian descent and has been identified as Ali Sonboly. The Munich Police had ramped up security measures immediately on Friday night.

Policemen stand at the underground station Georg-Brauchle-Ring close to the Olympia shopping centre in which a shooting was reported in Munich, southern Germany (Picture Courtesy: AP)

The Police on Saturday said that there are no indications of attacker’s links with the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The 18-year-old was born and brought up in Munich and he turned the gun on himself after opening fire at civilians.

"There is absolutely no link to the Islamic State," Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said, adding that the suspect had been obsessed with books and articles about mass killings "linked to maniacs."

The police also said that a 9mm weapon was used by the gunman; over 300 bullets and a large number of cartridges were found in his rucksack. However, there was no apparent political motivation behind the shooting and the Police are questioning his parents.

(Pictured) A policeman secures the area around the shopping mall.

The gunman who opened fire near a busy shopping mall in Munich, Germany on July 22 has been identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian man. The incident resulted in the death of nine people. This is the third attack on civilians in Western Europe in the last eight days. Initially, the police were looking for three suspects, however, the authorities later said the attacker apparently acted alone.

The shooter was also said to be under psychiatric medical care and no suicide note was recovered. There were three Kosovans among nine killed and four of 27 injured in the shooting have gunshot wounds.


Courtesy: News18 – (With inputs from AFP)

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