Saturday, July 23

Munich terrorist targeted children

The 18 year old terrorist, who seems to have died of a self-inflicted wound, hadn't been named by German police as of the time of the following report but was identified by neighbors in his building as Ali Sonboly. He was born and raised in Munich but is a dual citzen of Germany and Iran.   

From a CNN report filed today at 1:18 PM EDT by Tim Hume, Faith Karimi and Schams Elwazer:

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Saturday it appeared that, before the attack the gunman had hacked a woman's Facebook account to post a false "special offer" promising discounts at the McDonald's branch where the attack began, in order to lure people to the scene. Investigators were still working to confirm that, he said.
Police said there was also likely to be significance in the timing of the attack, five years to the day since Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in Norway in 2011, many of them attendees at a youth camp.
Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae said both attacks had predominantly targeted young people, with most of the victims in Munich in their teens.

Attack targeted the young

Three of the [9 killed] were 14, two were 15, one was 17 and another 19, while a 20-year-old and a 45-year-old were also killed. Three were female.
The victims all were German nationals from the Munich area, officials said. Turkey's Foreign Ministry said three of the victims were also Turkish nationals, naming them as Sevda Dag, born in 1971; Can Leyla, born in 2001; and Selcuk Kilic, according to Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency.
Another of the victims was also a Greek citizen, Greece's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
The attack [also] left 27 people wounded, 10 of them with serious injuries, Andrae said.
See the report for additional details on the attack and official German response.


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