In the second terrorist attack on Germany in less than a week, reports from Munich say that at least eight people have been killed in shootings in the city.
The AP is reporting that
Witnesses reported seeing three men with firearms near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall. Munich police spokesman Marcus Martins told The Associated Press police were aware of media reports that a man killed himself as officers closed in, but said there was no confirmation of that. . . .
The attack started at a fast food restaurant shortly before 6 p.m. local time, police spokesman Thomas Baumann told German news agency dpa. . . .
Police responded in large numbers to the mall in the northern part of Munich, not far from the city’s Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.
It was also not far from where Palestinian attackers opened fire in the Olympic Village in 1972, killing 11 Israeli athletes.
Reports say that Islamic State supporters are celebrating the attacks on social media. But there are conflicting reports among eyewitnesses.
A Muslim woman told CNN that she heard the gunman yell: “Allahu Akbar,” yet video footage showed a gunman ranting against foreigners and Turks . . ..
On Monday, an Afghan attacker used an ax to wound five on a train near the city of Wüerzburg. All of the victims survived though one remains in life-threatening condition. Police shot and killed the assailant. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
President Obama took 34 seconds out of his busy schedule to comment on the attacks, pledge “all the support” Germany may need, and regale listeners with his regrets about his daughter leaving home.