Munich gunman had no IS links

BBC — The 18-year-old gunman who killed nine people in Munich was obsessed with mass shootings but had no known links to the Islamic State group, German police say.

Written material on such attacks was found in his room, and Munich’s police chief spoke of links to the massacre by Norway’s Anders Behring Breivik.

The gunman, who had dual German-Iranian nationality, later killed himself.

Friday evening’s attack at the Olympia shopping mall left ten people dead and  27 injured, including children. Ten of them are critically ill, including a 13-year-old boy, police say.

Seven of the dead were teenagers. Three victims were from Kosovo, three from Turkey and one from Greece.

The 18-year-old Greek victim is Houssein Daitzik, a native of Thrace who had emigrated to Germany where he lived with his sister. Reportedly, they went to the shopping mall to buy presents for their relatives in Greece before leaving for vacation in their homeland. According to The  Telegraph  the young Greek man was shot twice outside the fast food restaurant trying to protect his sister.

Police say the Munich-born gunman had been in psychiatric care, receiving treatment for depression.

Authorities are also checking reports that he may have been bullied by his peers, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.