Deadly Munich shooting perpetrated near 1972 massacre of Israeli Olympians

Gunmen on Friday evening attacked a busy shopping mall, spraying bullets as people fled in horror for safety from what police said was a terrorist attack.

By REUTERS
July 22, 2016 23:31
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A member of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September

A member of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September appears on the balcony of the Israeli house at the Munich Olympic village on September 5, 1972. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)

 
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A deadly shooting rampage in Munich, Germany - which police say has left at least ten people dead - was perpetrated near the Munich Olympic stadium where Palestinian militant group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and eventually killed them during the 1972 Olympic Games.

Police say a lone gunmen on Friday evening attacked a busy shopping mall, spraying bullets as people fled in horror for safety from what police said was a terrorist attack.


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Police said ten people had been killed and that the attacker had taken his own life. They told the public to get off the streets as the city - Germany's third biggest - went into lock down, with transport halted and highways sealed off.


Friday's attack took place a week after a 17-year-old asylum-seeker wounded passengers on a German train in an axe rampage. Bavarian police shot dead the teenager after he wounded four people from Hong Kong on the train and injured a local resident while fleeing.


The incidents in Germany follow an attack in Nice, France, on Bastille Day in which a Tunisian drove a truck into crowds, killing 84. Islamic State also claimed responsibility for that attack.


Friday is also the five-year anniversary of the massacre by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway. Breivik is a hero for far-right extremists in Europe and America.




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