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I CARE - - Germany: Munich gunman 'obsessed with Hitler and expressed hatred of Turks and Arabs

31.7.16

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 27/7/2016- The teenage gunman who shot dead nine people in Munich was obsessed with Adolf Hitler and expressed shocking racist views, German investigators say. Ali David Sonboly, 18, who also left 27 others injured, reportedly saw it as an 'honour' that he had the same birthday as the Nazi leader - April 20. He told his loved ones he was proud to be a German-Iranian 'Aryan' - and made clear his hatred of Turks and Arabs, according to local media. He apparently felt 'superior' to those of either origin. Now, investigators are looking at the possibility that Sonboly, whose parents are Iranian, deliberately targeted foreigners during his deadly shooting spree. Three of the teenager's victims - two boys and a 45-year-old mother-of-two - were of Turkish descent, while several others were of Kosovan origin.

All of those killed had an immigrant background, according to the German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine. Sonboly carried out his horror attack on the fifth anniversary of neo-Nazi killer Anders Breivik's slaying of 77 people in Norway in 2011. During the earlier massacre, Breivik shot dead 69 attendees at a youth summer camp hours after murdering eight others by detonating a van bomb in Oslo. The revelations concerning Sonboly's Hitler 'obsession' and 'racist' views come after police arrested a teenage friend of the gunman. The 16-year-old Afghan boy may have played role in an alleged Facebook post luring people to the shooting scene with an offer of free food, officers say. He has not yet been named, but Munich police say he was in a 'friendly' relationship with Sonboly, who opened fire in the city on Friday. He had been reported to police 'immediately' after his friend's rampage, but was only detained by officers in an apartment in Laim on Sunday evening.


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