Teen spent a year plan­ning at­tack

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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