Munich Shooting፡ Manhunt After Deadly Attack At Shopping Center.


German police are engaged in a huge anti-terror manhunt in the city of Munich after nine people died in a shooting at a shopping center.

Police are investigating whether one of the bodies is that of a perpetrator. At least 10 people have been wounded.

Three armed attackers were earlier reported to be on the run. Police urged people to avoid public places.

Public transport shut for several hours after the attack at the Olympia center in the north-western Moosach district.

Police helicopters are flying over the city and the elite border security unit, GSG9, has been flown in.

The body of the suspected attacker was found about 1km (0.6 miles) from the shopping center, local media reported, and police were using a robot to check it for explosives.

German news magazine Focus reported that a gunman had shot himself in the head, but investigators have not commented.

A car believed to be linked to the attack was taken away by police on a tow-truck, the magazine added.

The Bavarian capital’s central railway station was evacuated as authorities suspended all public transport. The system was reopened several hours later.

Thousands of people stranded by the emergency and unable to get home were offered shelter by local residents. The initiative was launched with the Twitter hashtag Offenetür (open door).

Police, who describe the operation as “an acute terror situation”, say the first reports of a shooting in Hanauer Street came in just before 18:00 (16:00 GMT).

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, told national TV the motive for the attack was still unclear.

“We cannot rule out that it is linked to terrorism but we can’t confirm it either, but we are also investigating in this direction,” he said.

A meeting of the government’s security cabinet will be held on Saturday.

Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer is holding a crisis meeting with security advisers and the German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, who was on his way to the US, is returning home.

Meanwhile the neighbouring Czech Republic is boosting its border security.