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German Police say Munich shooter was an ultra-right supporter proud of sharing a birthdate with Hitler

29.7.2016 8:47
A shooting in Munich, Germany at the Olympia shopping center on 22 July 2016 resulted in 10 deaths, including the shooter's suicide, and 21 serious injuries. (Collage:  Romea.cz)
A shooting in Munich, Germany at the Olympia shopping center on 22 July 2016 resulted in 10 deaths, including the shooter's suicide, and 21 serious injuries. (Collage: Romea.cz)

Yesterday the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) said sources close to the investigation of the shooting in Munich one week ago said the shooter who murdered nine people before committing suicide was a racist and supporter of the ultra-right. During his rampage near the Olympia shopping center, the attacker chose his victims from among those who he believed were immigrants, according to police sources.

Four of those murdered were German citizens of Turkish origin and three were Kosovo Albanians. FAZ reported that the investigation to date has proven that the shooter, 18-year-old Ali David S., was proud to have been born on 20 April, just like Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The shooter consider himself an "Aryan" because he was a native German of Iranian origin and because today's Iran was once considered the area from which the "Aryans" allegedly came. Even though he was fascinated by ultra-right ideas, he had not been previously actively involved with extremist groups in Munich, according to police findings so far.

Detectives say the shooter was contemptuous of Arabs and Turks and considered himself their superior. He shouted abuse about Turks during the shopping center massacre.

ČTK, voj, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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