'Munich gunman raised locally, had no ties to Islamic State'

A German-Iranian teenager shot and killed nine people and then himself in Munich on Friday.

Policemen stand in front of a cordoned-off underground station near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, on 23 July 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. Picture: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa/ AFP.

MUNICH - A German-Iranian teenager who shot and killed nine people and then himself in Munich on Friday had received psychiatric care and was in all probability a lone gunman who had no ties to Islamic State, police said.

The 18-year-old triggered a lockdown in the Bavarian capital after opening fire near a busy shopping mall. He was carrying a further 300 bullets in his backpack when he was later found dead of a gunshot wound, Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian state crime office, said on Saturday.

Following a police search of the attacker's room, Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae all but ruled out an Islamist link in the killings.

"Based on the searches, there are no indications whatsoever that there is a connection to Islamic State" or to the issue of refugees, he told a news conference.

The investigations had also given no reason to believe he had not acted alone, Andrae said, adding that the killer was born and brought up in the Munich area and had spent time in psychiatric care.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was meeting with her top security advisors to review Friday's attack, the third on civilians in Western Europe in eight days, and would issue a statement, her office said.

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Three Turkish citizens were among nine people killed in the shooting attack, Turkey's foreign minister said on Saturday.

In an interview with local television station NTV, Mevlut Cavusoglu identified the Turkish victims as two teenagers and a woman.

Germany is home to a large ethnic Turkish minority.