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  • News are pouring in about the terrorist attacks in Munich, Germany. There were gun fires in Macdonald's where people were busy in purchasing and enjoying eateries. No confirmed reports are available this time (11:24 PM PKT) except that people running towards shelters to save life while security personnel announcing to remain away and save. Unconfirmed reports vary about casualty from three to a dozen. No terrorists have been arrested nor even identified. The picture would be clear when the dust would settle down. At the moment nothing is clear as to who are the assailants.

    The mall is next to the stadium where the Palestinian militant group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and later killed them during the 1972 Olympic Games.
    Friday's incident snarled traffic as authorities blocked highways, closed the main railway station, and shut down public transport.
    A police spokesman initially said up to three gunmen were on the run after the shooting. The Bavarian capital was placed under a state of emergency as police hunted for them and special forces were deployed.
    Two individuals were seen driving quickly away from the scene, but they were later cleared of any wrongdoing, the police chief said.
    Nearly three hours after the shooting, authorities found a body about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the scene that was later determined to be the likely gunman.
    German radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk said the man had a red backpack similar to one used by a gunman seen at a McDonald's restaurant where the attack reportedly began. It said police were using a robot to investigate the backpack.
    German news magazine Focus said the man had shot himself in the head.
    Friday was also the fifth anniversary of the massacre in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people. Breivik is a hero for far-right militants in Europe and America.
    Thousands of people had been crowding the streets and squares in Munich's city centre on Friday for a beer festival.
    Elena Hakes, wearing a blue traditional dress, had been with a friend in the Odeonsplatz square.
    "We heard what had happened and decided to leave, it just seemed not befitting anymore to continue partying," Hakes said.
    "There were a few people who came running towards us who were screaming and in panic. But mostly it was surprisingly calm."
    The incidents in Germany follow an attack in Nice, France, in which a Tunisian drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84. Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    The Munich assault was also reminiscent of militant attacks in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013, and in Mumbai, India, in 2008.
    Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said on Twitter: "Horrible killings in Munich. Taking place on the same day as we mourn & remember the appalling terror that hit Norway so hard five years ago." (Additional reporting by Michelle Martin, Joseph Nasr, Tina Bellon, Andrea Shalal, Christina Amann; Editing and writing by Andrea Shalal, Angus MacSwan, Hugh Lawson and Tom Brown)

  • Thanks to the Terror Correspondent of PKP!