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Munich shooting: Gunman Ali Sonboly had no links to Isis, inspired by far-right mass murderer Anders Breivik

  • Gunman, who was born in Munich, not linked to Isis
  • Sonboly 'obsessed with mass shootings'
  • 'Obvious link' to Norway mass killer' Breivik
  • Sonboly been in psychiatric care
  • Nine people dead, twenty-seven injured. Ten critical
  • Among the critically injured is a 13-year-old boy
  • Seventeen people were slightly injured

Published 23/07/2016

In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo provided by Wael Ladki people take shelter as armed police officers are on the hunt for possible fugitives after a shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, southern Germany. A gunman killed 9 people before killing himself. (Wael Ladki via AP)
In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo provided by Wael Ladki people take shelter as armed police officers are on the hunt for possible fugitives after a shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, southern Germany. A gunman killed 9 people before killing himself. (Wael Ladki via AP)
Police men guard the crime scene at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo provided by Wael Ladki heavily armed police officers sit in the trunk of the SUV as they are on the hunt for possible fugitives after a shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, southern Germany. (Wael Ladki via AP)
In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo provided by Wael Ladki a police officer shows the way to people fleeing after a shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, southern Germany. (Wael Ladki via AP)
Bavarian state governor Horst Seehofer, Munich's lord mayor Dieter Reiter and members of the Bavarian state government attend the crime scene for wreath-laying ceremony at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police men guard the crime scene at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police men guard the crime scene at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police men guard the crime scene at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
People lay flowers and candles outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police secure the area around the McDonalds Restaurant and OEZ shopping centre the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
A candle with the words "Warum? Pourquoi? Why?" written on it is placed outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
People lay flowers and candles outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Young people mourn at an underground station near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany. AFP/Getty Images
Police cars are parked near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany. AFP/Getty Images
A woman cries at a make shift memorial site near the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)
Two young women mourn at an underground station near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany. AFP/Getty Images
A woman lights a candle at an underground station near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police stand at a the crime scene where a shooting took place in front of a fast food restaurant leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)
Policemen patrol through a pedestrian area in Munich, southern Germany, on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. Police were probing the motives of the lone teenage German-Iranian gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre, the third bloody attack on civilians in Europe in just over a week. Nine people were killed and another 16 wounded as the black-clad gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, July 22, 2016, before committing suicide. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Karmann / Germany OUTDANIEL KARMANN/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen stand in front of a cordoned-off underground station near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. Police were probing the motives of the lone teenage German-Iranian gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre, the third bloody attack on civilians in Europe in just over a week. Nine people were killed and another 16 wounded as the black-clad gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, July 22, 2016, before committing suicide. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / Germany OUTKARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images
A woman stands near a mall where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Policemen stand in front of an apartment building in Munich's Dachauer Strasse street on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. Police were probing the motives of the lone teenage German-Iranian gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre, the third bloody attack on civilians in Europe in just over a week. Nine people were killed and another 16 wounded as the black-clad gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, July 22, 2016, before committing suicide. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Tobias Hase / Germany OUTTOBIAS HASE/AFP/Getty Images
A little boy puts down flowers near a mall where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Policemen stand in front of an apartment building in Munich's Dachauer Strasse street on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. Police were probing the motives of the lone teenage German-Iranian gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre, the third bloody attack on civilians in Europe in just over a week. Nine people were killed and another 16 wounded as the black-clad gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, July 22, 2016, before committing suicide. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Tobias Hase / Germany OUTTOBIAS HASE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: A woman and her children lay flowers and candles outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: Police and fire services clean the area the shooting occured outside the OEZ shopping center, the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: The father (C) of one of the victims carries flowers as he shows a picture of his son (on the picture his son is named as Zabergja Dijamant) as he arrives outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: A small boy places a candle outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: The father of one of the victims carries flowers and a picture of his son (on the picture his son is named as Zabergja Dijamant) as he arrives outside the OEZ shopping center and becomes help by a crisis intervention team the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: The father of one of the victims is showing flowers and a picture of his son (on the picture his son is named as Zabergja Dijamant) as he arrives outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: A mourning woman waits with flowers and candles outside the OEZ shopping center, the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Flowers were laid near a mall where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)
Police officers secure the area around the shopping mall Olympia Einkaufzentrum OEZ in Munich on July 23, 2016, a day after a gunman went on a shooting rampage, killing eight people in a suspected terror attack. The southern city was in lockdown after the shootings, which saw panicked shoppers fleeing the Olympia mall as armed anti-terror police roamed the streets in search of assailant. / AFP PHOTO / Christof StacheCHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers secure evidence from a flat in Dachauer Strasse after a shooting the day before leaving nine people dead on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
Police officers guard with guns as other officers escort people from inside the shopping center as they respond to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
Police escort evacuated people from the shopping mall (the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shootings earlier. AFP/Getty Images
An armed police man guards the downtown pedestrian zone near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: An armed police man guards the downtown pedestrian zone near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest a man whose identity and role was not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: An armed police man guards the downtown pedestrian zone near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police evacuates people from the shopping mall in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting earlier. At least one person has been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a shopping centre in Munich on Friday, German police said. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
Evacuated people from the shopping mall walk with their hands up in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting earlier. At least one person has been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a shopping centre in Munich on Friday, German police said. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
In this grab taken from video, armed police walk in the area of the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall, after a shooting, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. A manhunt was underway Friday for a shooter or shooters who opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich, killing and wounding several people, a Munich police spokeswoman said. The city transit system shut down and police asked people to avoid public places. (AP)
Heavily armed police forces stand outside the Olympia shopping centre where several people have been killed in a shooting in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)
Armed policemen arrive at a shopping centre in which a shooting was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
Policemen are seen following shootings at a shopping mall on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Policemen arrive at a shopping mall following shootings on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Policemen patrol th Stachus square following shootings at a shopping mall on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police cars stand outside the Olympia shopping centre after a shooting was reported there in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Marc Kleine-Kleffmann)
Police secures teh area of a subway station Karlsplatz (Stachus) near a shopping mall following a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
A policeman stands with a gun near a shopping mall following shootings on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Heavily armed police officers with weapons prepare to respond to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
A police helicopter patrols over a shopping mall following a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police walks inside a subyay station Karlsplatz (Stachus) near a shopping mall following a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
A police officer responds to the shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Marc Mueller/Getty Images)
Police officers respond to the shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Marc Mueller/Getty Images)
Police officers respond to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
Police officers respond to the shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Marc Mueller/Getty Images)
Police officers respond to the shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Marc Mueller/Getty Images)
Police secures the area outside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the entrance to a subway station near a shopping mall where a shooting took place on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
In this frame grab taken from video, people run from the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre after a shooting, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016 (Thamina Stoll/UGC via AP)
Police and firefighters are seen near a shopping mall amid a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police walks near a shopping mall amid a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Armed police move past onlooking media responding to a shooting at a shopping center in Munich, Germany, Friday July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/APTV)
Police in Munich, Germany respond to a shooting at a shopping center in Munich, Friday July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/APTV)
Munich: Reports of a shooting at a shopping centre (Image: Google Maps)

Ali Sonboly, the 18-year-old gunman who killed at least nine people and injured 27 in Munich, had an 'obvious link' with far-right Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, police said.

Born and raised in the German city, they said the 18-year-old acted alone when he went on a rampage at a shopping centre and fast-food restaurant on Friday.

Ali Sonboly: 18-year-old gunman was born in Munich and was said to be 'obsessed with mass shootings'
Ali Sonboly: 18-year-old gunman was born in Munich and was said to be 'obsessed with mass shootings'

Sonboly, 18, was described as having been "obsessed" with mass shootings. The attack took place on the day of the fifth anniversary of the lone wolf terrorist attacks by Breivik in which 77 people were killed in Norway.

It is thought he may have planned his attack to coincide with the anniversary.

"The link is obvious," Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said at a press conference.

They also revealed he used a 9mm pistol and had 300 rounds of ammunition when he went on what they called a "classic shooting rampage".

Police said there were indications the gunman had been in psychiatric care and treated for depression.

They confirmed his room in the flat he was living in had been searched.

Police said 10 of those injured in the mass-shooting are currently in a critical condition, including a 13-year-old boy.

With parts of the crime scene now cleared and released - they said it was too soon to say as to when the Olympic shopping centre would re-open.

Officials said the attacker was not known to them and he had no criminal record.

Police investigator Robert Heimberger told a police press conference in Munich that it appeared the gunman had hacked a Facebook account to lure young people to the shopping centre with an offer of free food.

The posting, sent from a young woman's account, urged people to come to the centre at 4 pm, saying: "I'll give you something if you want, but not too expensive."

Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the entrance to a subway station near a shopping mall where a shooting took place on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images

Mr Heimberger said: "It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out."

Police have appealed to witnesses who filmed the attack on mobile phones to pass the footage to them.

The force first received reports of shots being fired near the north Munich shopping centre at around 5.50pm local time on Friday evening.

The teenage gunman opened fire first in McDonald's on Hanauer Street before moving onto the Olympic centre.

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Anders Behring Breivik gestures as he arrives at court in Oslo, Norway, in 2012 (AP)
Anders Behring Breivik gestures as he arrives at court in Oslo, Norway, in 2012 (AP)

Armed units flooded the area, with officers in plain clothes seen running through the shopping centre in search of the attacker.

His body was found in a side street nearby at around 9.30pm local time.

Officials said it appeared the gunman, who was a student, killed himself and said he did not have a firearms licence.

A neighbour on Dachauer Strasse that was searched by police on Saturday morning described the alleged gunman as "very quiet".

Wishing to only give his first name, Stephan, an owner of a coffee shop, said: "He only ever said 'hi'. His whole body language was of somebody who was very shy."

He added: "He never came into the cafe - he was just a neighbour and took out the trash but never talked."

'Deep and profound mourning'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her country is in "deep and profound mourning" after nine people were killed by a lone gunman on a rampage in Munich.

The 18-year-old attacker, named in reports as Ali Sonboly, went on a shooting spree at a shopping centre and a McDonald's restaurant in the Bavarian capital on Friday.

Born and raised in the German, city he murdered nine people and 27 injured others - 10 of them in a critical condition, including a 13-year-old boy.

At a press conference Mrs Merkel said the events are "difficult to bear for everyone" and pledged to "find out the background" of what happened.

She added: "What lies behind the people of Munich is a night of horror - we are still shocked by the pictures and reports of the witnesses.

"Nine people who were going shopping on the Friday evening, or wanted to eat something, they are now dead - it seems according to the investigations, hit and killed by the bullets of one single perpetrator."

The Chancellor said the operation between the agencies and security forces on Friday night was "seamless" and thanked them for their "phenomenal" effort.

She added: "We are in deep and profound mourning for those who will never return to their families. The families, siblings, friends to whom everything will be void and empty today.

"I would like to tell them, in the name of many, many people in Germany, we share in your grief, we think of you and we are suffering with you.

"Our thoughts also go out to the numerous injured people - may they recover quickly and completely - they will receive all the support they need.

"Such an evening and such a night are difficult to bear for every one of us. They are even more difficult to bear because we have had so many different and difficult reports of horrors in the past few days."

According to reports Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, has confirmed three Turks are among the dead - a Greek national is also reportedly a victim.

Police have said they expect the death toll to rise.

Apartment search

German daily newspaper Bild claimed that officers had raided a home in the city's Marxvorstadt district about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the mall and were interviewing the suspect's father, however police have declined to confirm this, citing “ongoing police operations.”

Eyewitnesses say a man opened fire at a McDonald’s restaurant outside the Olympia shopping centre (OEZ) in the southern German city. The dead, so far unnamed, included adolescents. The injured - which number 16, three of them in critical condition - includes children.

Police initally received witness reports of multiple shooters carrying rifles shortly before 6pm local time. Six hours later they declared a “cautious all clear,” saying the suspect had been found dead about one kilometre from the scene, and he had likely acted alone.

Police said that two people who fled the scene were investigated but had "nothing to do with the incident".

Peter Beck, a Munich police spokesman, said officers were still collecting evidence at the scene of the crime Saturday morning.

“With regard to the suspect we have to examine everything, but we don't know yet what triggered the crime,” Mr Beck told The Associated Press.

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Northern Ireland holidaymaker describes panic

A Northern Ireland holidaymaker was caught up in the chaos.

Jerome Burns, who is on holiday with his wife, was in a railway station when news of the shootings broke.

"We were buying train tickets when suddenly there was a massive alert," he told the BBC.

"People were running all over the place.

"We were all bundled out, down a back door into the bottom of the railway station, where we were kept for about half an hour.

"The station, at that stage, was closed - all the public transport was closed - and we were told to get back to our hotel as quickly as we could.

"We didn't really understand what was being said.

"It was really manic coming out of the station, police everywhere, stations absolutely evacuated, ambulances and lights all over the place."

Mr Burns said he and the other guests were "in a state of shock".

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