German officials are left wondering ‘where is safety?” in the wake of two terror attacks in less than a week.
German police are beginning their investigation into the Munich mall shooting that killed nine people.
“With regard to the suspect we have to examine everything, but we don’t know yet what triggered the crime,” sad Peter Beck, a Munich police spokesman.
While German officials are at a loss for words about the attacker’s motives, they are nearly certain it was not another example of Islamic terrorism. German interior minister Thomas De Maiziere says there is “no indication of any connection to international terrorism” in the Munich attack. The suspect, who killed himself before Police had a chance to stop him, had no prior criminal records, making him virtually undetectable by security agencies.
Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae says “no evidence” of links to the Islamic State group has been found in the home and room of the Munich shooting suspect.
Instead, poice chief Andrae says the suspect appeared to be “obsessed with shooting rampages.” The suspect appears to have been planning a mass shooting for some time.
German prosecutor Steinkraus Koch told a news conference the suspect had a book titled: “Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill.” Perhaps what is even more concerning is that the shooter knew how to manipulate social media to lure more potential victims to the mall.
Munich police investigator Robert Heimberger says the shooter hacked a Facebook account and sent a message urging people to come to the mall for a free giveaway.
The posting, sent from a young woman’s account, urged people to come to the mall at 4 p.m., saying: “I’ll give you something if you want, but not too expensive.”
Heimberger says: “It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out.”
As the police continue to search for answers, Germany is left to mourn.
Dieter Reiter, the mayor of Munich has declared a day of mourning for the victims of Friday’s shooting, saying the city is “shocked and aghast at this terrible act.”
“These are difficult hours for Munich,” he said, adding that the city’s citizens had shown great solidarity toward each other. “Our city stands united.”
But not only is Germany unified in mourning, many citizens share the same concern — Germany may no longer be safe.
Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Saturday that an attack on a train on Monday night and Friday night’s deadly rampage in Munich had involved “places where any of us could have been” and have left Germans wondering “where is safe?”
Combined with the deadly attack in the French city of Nice and other major Western cities around the world, she said people are growing increasingly concerned.
“Such an evening and such a night is difficult to bear,” she said of the Munich attack. “And it’s even more difficult to bear because we have had so much terrible news in so few days.”
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