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German police declare Munich shooting horror is over with 10 dead

Munich police on high alert after terror attack
Munich police on high alert after terror attack

German police say 10 people are dead, including the likely attacker, in the horrific Munich shooting incident on Friday evening.

Nine people were shot dead by a gunman who opened fire at a Munich shopping centre before killing himself, police in the German city said.

The unidentified gunman is believed to have acted alone in the attack that left at least 10 others injured.

Multiple shots were fired on Hanauer Street in the south German city before the attacker moved to the Einkaufszentrum shopping centre at around 6pm on Friday night.

It was earlier feared that there were up to three gunmen at large as the situation unfolded, sending the city into lockdown.

People were urged to find refuge and there were reports of people near the scene locking themselves in shops.

Munich police gave a "cautious" all-clear at around 1.30am local time.

The police said in a tweet: "We found a man, who killed him himself. We assume, that he was the only shooter."

Footage of the attack appeared to show a man opening fire on shoppers near a McDonald's restaurant, sending bystanders running for their lives.

Public figures have offered their condolences to people in Munich following the shopping centre shooting, with Charlie Flanagan, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, saying he was "horrified" by the attack.

"Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of anyone affected by this horrific event, and we extend our deep condolences to the German people.

"My department is monitoring the situation and is in close contact with the Irish Embassy in Berlin. At this time we are not aware of any Irish citizens having being caught up in this evening's incident.

"I urge any Irish citizens in the area to follow the German authorities' advice to avoid public areas and to stay indoors."

US president Barack Obama said: "Our hearts go out to those who may have been injured. It's still an active situation and Germany is one of our closest allies so we are going to pledge all the support that they may need in dealing with these circumstances."

He said it was a "good reminder" that people's "way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our business every day" was dependent on law enforcement.

German president Joachim Gauck said: "I am deeply shocked by the murderous attack in Munich.

"My thoughts are with all the victims and all those who are grieving or fearing for a loved one. And I feel a bond with all those who are working to protect people and save lives."

Hillary Clinton tweeted: "Monitoring the horrific situation in Munich. We stand with our friends in Germany as they work to bring those responsible to justice."

Donald Trump posted on Facebook: "Our prayers are with all those affected by the horrible attacks in Munich. This cannot continue. The rise of terrorism threatens the way of life for all civilized people, and we must do everything in our power to keep it from our shores."