German police raid apartment block after Munich tragedy

The raid occurred only hours after the deadly shooting. Photograph:( Getty )

Reuters Munich Jul 23, 2016, 02.47 AM (IST)
Heavily armed special police raided an apartment in Munich early on Saturday morning (July 23), hours after a gunman opened fire in a busy shopping mall in Munich, killing at least nine people.

The police sealed off the area around the building, searching a part of it with night-vision glasses and dogs, and with emergency vehicles waiting. The reason for the raid, in the district of Maxvorstadt was unknown, but occurred only hours after the deadly shooting, the third attack against civilians in Western Europe in eight days.

Police say the likely sole gunman was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had both German and Iranian citizenship.

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said on Saturday the motive for the shooting was not clear, and despite earlier reports, there was no sign of any additional shooters involved in the incident.

The gunman killed nine people before apparently killing himself, Andrae said. Sixteen people were injured in the attack, including three who were in life-threatening condition and several children.