Teen at­tacker ob­sessed with mass killers

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE teenager who shot dead nine peo­ple in a gun ram­page here was “ob­sessed” with mass killers like Nor­we­gian right-wing fa­natic An­ders Behring Breivik and had no links to the Is­lamic State group, po­lice said.

Europe re­acted in shock to the third at­tack on the con­ti­nent in just over a week, af­ter David Ali Son­boly, 18, went on a shoot­ing spree at a shop­ping cen­tre on July 22, be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self.

Of­fi­cials said Son­boly, a Ger­manIra­nian stu­dent, had a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Thomas de Maiziere said the teenager had likely hacked a girl’s Face­book ac­count and used it to lure vic­tims to the McDon­ald’s out­let where he be­gan his ram­page.

“There is ab­so­lutely no link to the Is­lamic State,” Mu­nich po­lice chief Hu­ber­tus An­drae said, with pros­e­cu­tors de­scrib­ing the as­sault as a “clas­sic act by a de­ranged per­son”.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors see an “ob­vi­ous link” be­tween the July 22 killings and Breivik’s mas­sacre of 77 peo­ple in Nor­way ex­actly five years ear­lier, Mr An­drae said.

Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, in ex­press­ing her dis­may, said Mu­nich had suf­fered a “night of hor­ror”.

Most of the vic­tims in the at­tack were young peo­ple, with three aged just 14, po­lice said.

Mu­nich pros­e­cu­tor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch said Son­boly had suf­fered de­pres­sion, but voiced cau­tion over re­ports he may have un­der­gone psy­chi­atric treat­ment.

The teenager had 300 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion in a ruck­sack when he tar­geted the busy Olympia shop­ping mall, just min­utes away from the flat he shared with his fam­ily.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing how he man­aged to ob­tain his weapon, a 9mm Glock pis­tol with a de­faced se­rial num­ber.

Ger­many’s best­selling Bild news­pa­per pointed out that a Glock pis­tol was also among the firearms used by Breivik. –

Photo: AFP

Can­dles and a let­ter read­ing “We are with you” lie in front of the Olympia-Einkauf­szen­trum shop­ping cen­tre in Mu­nich on July 23, one day af­ter a teenage Ger­man-Ira­nian gun­man killed nine peo­ple and wounded 16.

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