22 July 2016
Police have confirmed six dead and several injured at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany, following suspected terrorists attack in the German city, the BBC reports.
The attackers are still on the run. Witnesses said they had seen three with guns. Police urged people to avoid public places.
Shop workers are still in the mall, in the north-western Moosach district. Public transport has been suspended.
Police are now describing it as “an acute terror situation”. They say the first reports of a shooting in Hanauer Street came in just before 4 p.m. Nigerian time.
The Bavarian capital’s central railway station has been evacuated.
People stranded by the emergency and unable to get home are being offered shelter by locals. The initiative was launched with the Twitter hashtag #Offenetür (open door)
Police helicopters are flying over the city and special forces are involved in the massive police deployment.
Bavarian public radio reports that an elite border security unit, GSG9, is heading for Munich with several helicopters.
Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer is holding a crisis meeting with security advisers.
Meanwhile the neighbouring Czech Republic is boosting its border security.
German security forces have been on alert since a teenage migrant stabbed and injured five people on a train in Bavaria on Monday, in an attack claimed by so-called Islamic State.
The authorities had warned of the danger of further incidents.
A man working at a petrol station in Munich told the BBC: “we see just ambulances and it’s like firemen and police but all this area is evacuated, all the streets.
“Now, there are no cars just on the side of the streets. All of the streets are blocked. I see that the people are scared. Everybody is running around.”
Munich police said they did not know where “the perpetrators” were.
“Look after yourselves and avoid public places, the police warned.
They said they were looking for three gunmen suspected to have perpetrated the attack.
U.S. presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton has reacted to the attack, saying, “we stand by our friends, Germany in this testy times.
President Barrack Obama also reacted by saying: “my heart goes out to the people of Germany at this momentous period. Germany is one of our closest allies and we stand by the country.”