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23 July 2016

NINE CONFIRMED DEAD IN MUNICH SHOPPING CENTRE SHOOTING

NINE CONFIRMED DEAD IN MUNICH SHOPPING CENTRE SHOOTINGNine people have been confirmed dead in a shooting around the Olympia shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, police say. Police are checking if one body belongs to one of the attackers.

Authorities say up to three killers are on the run.

An employee at the shopping centre told the Reuters news agency “many shots were fired”.

No details have emerged on who was behind the shooting and no one has claimed responsibility.

“We believe we are dealing with a shooting rampage,” police said adding no one is in custody but they suspect “a terror attack”.

The police tweeted that a major operation is underway and advised people to avoid the area.

Munich, Germany’s third largest city, was placed under a state of emergency as police hunt the attackers.

It is the third major act of violence against civilians in Western Europe in the past eight days.

On Friday a 17-year-old asylum-seeker wounded passengers on a German train with an axe while on July 14 a Tunisian drove a truck into crowds, killing 84 people, during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for those attacks.

A police spokesman in Munich said there was no immediate indication that it was an Islamist attack but it was being treated as a terrorist incident.

Live updates

  • 2 hours ago

    What we know so far

    • As many as three assailants have opened fire in the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich
    • Police confirm that at least 8 people have been killed
    • Police confirm they have found a 9th body of a person who appears to have committed suicide. They are working to confirm if this person was one of the attackers
    • Munich police are advising people stay in their homes and do not travel to busy areas such as the city centre, as the attackers have not been arrested
    • Bus, train and tram traffic has been stopped
    • The main Munich train station has been evacuated
    • A huge police operation is underway, including helicopters reportedly drafted in from the German border patrol
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