Sunday, July 24, 2016

As Munich Shooter 'Lone Wolf' Narrative Unravels, Another Deadly Attack Shocks Germany

24 July, 2016

A machete weilding attcker killed a woman and wounded two other people near a kebab shop in the town of Reutlingen, southwestern Germany The Independent reported on Sunday. Police said the attacker is a Syrian asylum seeker but his motives are as yet unclear unclear.

An eyewitness to the latest terror attack told the German tabloid Bild: "The attacker was completely out of his mind. He ran with the machete behind a police patrol car."

He said a passing BMW managed to run him over and afterwards he "lay prostrate on the ground and didn't move".

The police have not yet released the name of the 21-year-old Syrian refugee.

News of this latest attack comes as the "lone wolf" narrative spun around the alleged Munich shooter appears to be unravelling rapidly.

As we previously reported, initial eye witness reports suggested there were at least three shooters active in the Olympia shopping mall. After Bavarian crime office searched the flat occupied by David Ali Sonboly they provided additional details into his motives. Although the picture painted was of a depressed and isolated young man with a history of mental health problems who had acted spontaneously, materials found were consistent with the theory that he had been planning the attack for a whole year prior to the act. Police also say a manifesto was left at the site of the shooting.

According to Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the shooter bought the Glock he used in the shooting online through the so called "dark net", the concealed area of the internet accessed normally by people looking for illegal services or items.

 Cited by NBC, Munich police spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins said in a press conference earlier that "we are operating on the premise of a terrorist attack," but Andrae said later that links to terror had not been established.

Police said witnesses described multiple suspects wielding long guns, but Andrae said that claim was unfounded. Which is strange, because similar "mistakes" were made both in Orlando several weeks ago, as well as in Nice last week, when initial reports of multiple attackers ultimately turned out to be "lone wolves."

Questions are also being asked about how the lone wolf theory and "No ISIS connection" ties in with the fact that someone in an ideal position to video the attack started recording ten seconds before the first shot were fired. There is said to be no ISIS connection but recording atrocities to post online is an ISIS trade mark.Gun experts are also pointing out that the Glock allegedly used by the shooter only has a seventeen shot magazine but twenty shots fired in rapid succession can be counted in the first burst of firing.

Others have queried why the shooter in the video would go into the street and fire into the mall. The  only possible reason is that to do so would make for a more dramatic news clip.

As usual with these stories, as those in authority desperately try to manage the information, conspiracy theories start to emerge which tend to increase tensions rather than soothe them.

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