Reports have confirmed that up to 15 people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich. Police have revealed that they are looking for three gunmen and that the shooters are still on the loose.
As the chaos unfolds in Munich with secondary reports coming in of another shooting at Stachus near the central train station, the Islamic State is spreading videos of the attack on social media and praising the acts of terror praying for a high death count.
— Michael S. Smith II (@MichaelSSmithII) July 22, 2016
ISIS channel on the Munich attack: “‘Whole Europe is under our terrorism” pic.twitter.com/NsWSud3KE1
— Howard Alan Treesong (@mylittlepwnies3) July 22, 2016
The Islamic State has created a Telegram channel to praise the deaths in Munich, noting that they hope Allah will ensure a high death count. The ISIS sympathizers have not taken responsibility for the attack but seem to be gearing up to do so. The images from the attack and the resulting mayhem are being heavily shared on the terror group’s channels, with many followers praising the attacks as a symbol of “prosperity to our Islamic State men.”
— Robert Seely (@bobseely) July 22, 2016
After the Würzburg attack, ISIS sympathizers created an Telegram channel. It’s now reporting images of the Munich mall attack.
— Iyad el-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) July 22, 2016
— Sachin Maini (@sachinmaini) July 22, 2016
When questioned about the likelihood of the Munich attack being carried out by an Islamic State sympathizer, a security risk expert noted, “It seems very likely.”
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 22, 2016
Others have noted that prior to the Munich shooting, ISIS posters were spread online in 10 different languages asking for lone wolf and organized attacks in cities across the globe. One such city being Munich.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) July 22, 2016
The Munich shooting comes less than a week after an ISIS-inspired teen went on a rampage with an ax on a German train. The 17-year-old attacker allegedly screamed “Allahu Akbar” before beginning his rampage. Reuters reports that the teenager came to Germany as an unaccompanied minor and was registered as a refugee on June 30 last year in Passau.
Following the attacks, the Islamic State immediately took responsibility and created a propaganda video featuring the teen they named as Muhammad Riyad. Reuters reports that in the video, the terrorist organization denoted Riyad as “one of the fighters of the Islamic State.”
“The perpetrator of the stabbing attack in Germany was one of the fighters of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in answer to the calls to target the countries of the coalition fighting the Islamic State.”
What do you think about the Islamic State sharing video and images from the Munich attacks? Do you think the terrorist group will take credit for the attack?
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