At least nine people have been killed and unidentified number of people injured in a shooting at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany, according to police. Police are still hunting for the shooters and suspects that the incident is a terrorist attack.
Police also said that witnesses had seen shooting both inside the mall and on nearby streets.
Munich authorities have requested assistance from an elite German counter-terrorism, hostage rescue and special operations federal police unit known as GSG9, dpa reports.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, has issued a statement, saying that the government “isn’t ruling out any particular motivation behind the attacks,” and insisting that “no one wants to live in a surveillance state,” which would be needed to guarantee total public security.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting but Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) supporters are already celebrating the incident on the social media.
Munich police warned that the shooters are still on the run and they are dangerous.
Police earlier said they were dealing with a “shooting rampage” and were suspecting terrorism.
There were reports of further shooting at Karlsplatz square in central Munich, but this has not been confirmed by police. Taxi drivers have been advised to avoid the Karlsplatz area.
Another shooting reportedly occurred at Isartor square, close to the city center, according to some Twitter posts.
Police are aware of the reports about other shootings in the city, they said in a Twitter post, adding that the situation is still unclear and urging people to avoid public places and not to travel by subway or train.
Police believe there are “several” shooters, Die Welt reports.