In a tweet by Jenan Moussa, a reporter for the Arabic-language Al-Anan newsagency, a message from the Islamic State was repeated that rejoiced over the murder of six people today at a shopping mall in Germany. "Munich so far not claimed by Islamic State. But everything hurting infidels makes us happy," was the missive from the Islamic terror organization. In Munich, police are still searching for up to three assailants who opened fire on shoppers at Bavaria's Olympic shopping mall -- one of the largest in the region. Authorities have called on the public to stay safe indoors as heavily armed local police and border patrols combed the streets and urban rail system for the perpetrators.
At least 10 people were wounded in the attack. Some were treated in a makeshift trauma center near the mall. The police still do not know the location of the terrorists.  Snipers in helicopters are circling the city from above, according to Bild news. The shooting began at approximately 5:50 p.m. local time on Hanauer street. According to a statement from Munich police, “At around 5.50pm (local time) today there were witnesses who called the police and said there was a shooting at the Hanauer Street. The shooting moved from that street to the shopping centre. The witnesses said there were three different people with weapons. At the moment no culprit has been arrested. The search is taking place at high speed.'”
 
 
There are reports of a second shooting at Marienplatz in the Bavarian capital.
The attack came not far from the scene of one of the worst terrorist attacks ever. It was in 1972 that Muslim terrorists took 11 Israeli Olympic athletes hostage at the Olympic village. The athletes were subjected to savage beatings and torture before being killed. 
Terrified shoppers ran for their lives from the Munich Olympia Shopping Center in the Moosach district after hearing multiple gunshots. Some witnesses claim to have heard a gunman shout “I'm German” and “f*** foreigners’ before shooting.
 
 
A still unverified video posted on Twitter purports to show a shooter, dressed in black, firing 20 shots outside a McDonald’s just outside the shopping mall. The shooter was wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans as he took aim at his victims near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum metro stop. He raised his arms, apparently holding a shotgun, and appears to fire at his victims outside the McDonald’s who run for cover.  In another instance, an apparent shooter was seen on the roof of a parking ramp at the shopping center. 
 
 
Shoppers fled for their lives
 
In another video, a man can be heard shouting at a suspect in the parking lot that he is a “jerk-off” and an 'a******e.” The man then demanded, “Put your gun down.” The gunman then responded, “I am a German!” from the roof of the parking ramp. The other man repeated, “You’re a jerk-off.” To this, the gunman answered “shut up!” and fired more shots. Other reports contend that the shooter shouted "Allahu akbar!" before shooting.
A shopping mall employee reported that many shots were fired during the incident and observed at least one victim lying on the ground with serious injuries. Another said: "Many shots were fired, I can't say how many but it's been a lot. All the people from outside came streaming into the store and I only saw one person on the ground who was so severely injured that he definitely didn't survive. We have no further information, we're just staying in the back in the storage rooms. No police have approached us yet." Lynn Stein, another employee at the mall, told CNN: "I was just going to buy something while my co-worker was still in the shop. People started running. I went outside as well, more people were running outside. I think I heard more shots. Then it sounded like he went to the parking ramp next to the mall - several shots there. I saw somebody lying on the floor, presumably dead and there's a woman over them, crying."
 
The Munich massacre came on the fifth anniversary of shootings in Norway, where white supremacist Anders Breivik shot to death 72 people at a summer resort, most of them school children.

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