#GermanyAttack: Death toll rises

Munich authorities say one of those killed could have been the shooter.

Police walks near a shopping mall amid a shooting on 22 July 2016 in Munich. Several people were killed on Friday in a shooting rampage by a lone gunman in a Munich shopping centre, media reports said. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG/MUNICH - The death toll from a shooting at a local shopping mall in Munich has risen to 10 with many wounded.

Munich police say one of those killed could have been the shooter.

They say a man who killed himself after the shooting may be the only gunman.

The pistol-wielding attacker, identified by Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae as a dual national, was later found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

Police, citing eyewitness accounts, had initially said they were looking for up to three suspects in the shooting attack at the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre that sent shoppers fleeing in panic and shut traffic across the city.

Munich was on lock-down for most of the night.

US President Barack Obama has pledged his support.

"We don't yet know what is happening there but obviously our hearts go out to those who might have been injured, it's still an active situation."

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MOTIVE STILL UNCLEAR

There was no known motive for the shooting in Germany's third largest city, which went into lockdown with transport halted and highways sealed off immediately after the attack.

It was the third major act of violence against civilians in Western Europe in eight days. Previous attacks in France and Germany were claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

"The motives for this abhorrent act have not yet been completely clarified - we still have contradictory clues," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but supporters of Islamic State celebrated on social media.

"The Islamic state is expanding in Europe," read one tweet.

US intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports from their German counterparts indicated no apparent link between the shooter and Islamic State or other militant groups.

The mall is next to the Munich Olympic stadium, where the Palestinian militant group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and eventually killed them during the 1972 Olympic Games.

Friday's attack took place a week after a 18-year-old asylum-seeker assaulted passengers on a German train with an axe. Bavarian police shot the teenager dead after he wounded four people from Hong Kong on the train and injured a local resident while fleeing.

The police chief said there were no immediate similarities between Friday's attack and the incident on the train near the southern German city of Wuerzburg.