Multiple deaths reported in Munich shopping centre shooting, police operation underway

The mall near the southern German city's Olympic stadium was surrounded by police after shots were fired.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 22, 2016, 22:59 PM IST
Multiple deaths reported in Munich shopping centre shooting, police operation underway

Berlin: At least one person has been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a shopping centre in Munich on Friday, German police said.

The mall near the southern German city's Olympic stadium was surrounded by police after shots were fired.

"There is a major police operation under way in the shopping centre," Munich police said on Twitter, urging people to avoid the area.

Emergency vehicles were seen in the streets outside, as passers-by looked on.

The shooting comes just days after a teenage asylum seeker went on the rampage with an axe and a knife on a regional train in Germany, injuring five people.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the teenager was believed to be a "lone wolf" attacker who appeared to have been "inspired" by the Islamic State group but was not a member of the jihadist network.

It also follows a truck attack in the French Riviera city of Nice after Bastille Day fireworks last week that left 84 people dead.