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Merkel to convene German security council after Munich shootings

July 23, 2016 04:07 IST
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IMAGE: Special force police officers stand guard at an entrance of the main train station, following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich on Friday. Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will convene her security council on Saturday to address the situation in Munich, her chief of staff Peter Altmaier was quoted as saying by news agencies.

Altmaier told ZDF public television that Merkel was being ‘constantly briefed’ on developments in the southern city, where police say at least eight people were killed and up to three gunmen were still at large.

“The cabinet ministers concerned are on their way to Berlin,” he added.

Apart from the chancellor and her chief of staff, the German security council includes the ministers for foreign affairs, defence and interior affairs as well as other top officials.

IMAGE: The empty subway of the main train station in Munich.

Altmaier said the council would ‘compile all information available and evaluate it’.

“Our thoughts are with the victims of the attack, with their loved ones and also with the police who are defending freedom and security,” he said.

Merkel had been due to start holidays in the Alps, while her Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere was on a flight to New York when the shootings began. He then headed back to Berlin.

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