Teen spent a year planning attack
THE teenager who shot dead nine people at a Munich shopping mall spent a year planning the rampage but selected his victims at random, as police arrested a 16-year-old Afghan friend of the gunman in connection with the attack.
Details are emerging of attacker David Ali Sonboly as a depressed 18-year-old who was obsessed with mass killings and had long struggled with his mental health.
A string of attacks in recent months claimed by the Islamic State group has left Europe on edge.
Investigators have ruled out that the Munich shooter had any link with the jihadists, though he appears to have planned the assault with chilling precision.
Bavarian police chief Robert Heimberger told a press conference on July 24 that Sonboly had visited the site and taken photos during a year of preparation.
Prosecutor Thomas SteinkrausKoch said the gunman had not “deliberately selected” his victims, dismissing speculation that Sonbaly, a German of Iranian origin, sought to target foreigners.
Meanwhile, a friend of Sonboly has been arrested on grounds he “could have been aware of the attack”.
The Afghan teen reported to police shortly after the killing spree and was questioned about his relationship with the perpetrator.
But officers then “uncovered contradictions in his statements” and he was now being held for withholding information about a crime.
Most of the dead in the rampage – who were mainly teenagers – were foreign nationals. They included a Turk, two Turkish-German dual nationals, a Hungarian, a Kosovan and a Greek.