Investigators in Germany suspected that a fake Facebook page that promised free food at a McDonald’s in Munich may have been purposefully set up by the Iranian-born mass shooter who on Friday showed up at that restaurant and killed nine people, including children.
Later identified as Ali Sonboly, an 18-year-old man who held both German and Iranian citizenship, the killer burst out of the McDonald’s restroom at around 5:50 pm and began “killing the children,” a witness speaking with the U.K. Daily Mail claimed.
“He then continued his bloody spree in a local shopping center and on the streets around Munich’s Olympic quarter,” the Daily Mail reported, adding that according to witnesses, he yelled “Allahu Akbar” throughout the attack.
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The deceased included both teenagers and little children. As for Sonboly, his own body was later found a mile from the scene, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Authorities had not yet confirmed that the Facebook page mentioned earlier was linked to the attack, but according to Munich Police President Hubertus Andrae, it was “one part of the comprehensive investigation” his team was conducting.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere reportedly added that judging by what Sonboly allegedly yelled during the attack, it seemed as if he had been inspired by the rhetoric of the Islamic State group, though this too had yet to be confirmed.
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However, according to The U.K. Telegraph, a litany of articles and books about school shootings were later found at the killer’s home. Moreover, Friday was the 5-year anniversary of the attack committed by far-right Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who in 2011 murdered dozens of children at a Workers’ Youth League summer camp.
Regardless of Sonboly’s precise motivation, the fact that he maliciously chose to target children showed that he possessed a heart of pure and unadulterated evil. Good riddance now that he is gone, but R.I.P. to those unfortunate young souls he took with him.
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