World Munich railway shooting leaves officer, several others wounded

Munich railway shooting leaves officer, several others wounded
German military personnel patrol the site of a shooting at a subway station in Munich, Germany, June 13, 2017. (Photo: AP)

MUNICH, Germany (Kurdistan24) – Several people were injured on Tuesday when a person opened fire in a subway station near Germany’s southern city of Munich, police said.

The incident occurred at the Unterfoehring subway station where an assailant grabbed a police officer’s handgun and shot her before targeting others, witnesses reported.

The suspect has been detained after being injured by gunfire, while the policewoman who was shot is in “serious condition,” according to police.

Two bystanders were also struck by bullets but are in stable condition after being treated by medical units.

“Several people were injured by shots,” Munich police wrote on Twitter. “A female police officer was badly wounded.”

The area has since been secured, and German police affirmed there were no religious or political motivations behind the violence.

“There was one suspect, and we’ve got him,” Munich police spokesperson Marcus da Gloria Martins told reporters at the scene.

“The sole male perpetrator was motivated by personal reasons,” da Gloria Martins added. “There is no political or religious background here.”

German security officials have consistently warned that the country is under threat by international terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (IS).

On May 30, German authorities arrested a 17-year-old Syrian teenager who was allegedly planning a suicide attack in the capital, Berlin.

In December 2016, a Tunisian citizen launched an attack at a Berlin Christmas market, driving a truck into a crowd which killed 12 people and injured dozens more.

At the time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it would be shocking if a refugee, who Germany has opened its doors to, were responsible for the incident.

 

Editing by G. H. Renaud