Munich mall attack: World leaders react to latest mass killing
Politicians' responses a mix of empathy, solidarity and righteousness
Reaction was swift from leaders around the world even though information was scarce and not always definitive after an attack at a Munich shopping mall.
Hours later, police said they believed a lone gunman was responsible for killing at least nine others at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall, before turning the gun on himself.
The motives are not yet clear. It comes mere days after an attack on a German train by an Afghan teen, which ISIS claimed responsibility for, but also five years to the day 77 were killed by a Norwegian fuelled by hatred of his country's immigration policies.
Canadian leaders offered condolences and practical information for any Canadians currently in Germany.
The government of Canada is closely monitoring the situation in Munich. We stand with Germany & offer our sympathies to victims & families.—@JustinTrudeau
Very troubled by reports in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Munich?src=hash">#Munich</a> and saddened to hear of those killed and injured; please stay inside and follow <a href="https://twitter.com/TravelGoC">@TravelGoC</a>—@MinCanadaFA
Horrified to hear reports coming out of Munich. Information for Canadians there: <a href="https://t.co/jD3NqpV0Jv">https://t.co/jD3NqpV0Jv</a>—@RonaAmbrose
Reactions from the major party presidential candidates and other prominent politicians in the U.S. featured a mix of empathy, solidarity and righteousness, depending on their political point of view.
Monitoring the horrific situation in Munich. We stand with our friends in Germany as they work to bring those responsible to justice. -H—@HillaryClinton
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the apparent terrorist attack in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Munich?src=hash">#Munich</a>. <a href="https://t.co/ND49UEvA1v">pic.twitter.com/ND49UEvA1v</a>—@PressSec
Will elite media attack on Trump's speech as "dark" change after Munich attack which fits Trump's warnings.Trump right.Elite media wrong.—@newtgingrich
Attacks in public spaces have become increasingly common in Europe, from the Nov. 13 carnage in Paris, the Bastille Day truck murders, and incidents in Belgium and Turkey. The leaders of Belgium and Greece, and Britain's new foreign minister, were among those to condemn the Munich shooting.
Profoundly shocked. I condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly and despicable attack in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Munich?src=hash">#Munich</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/M%C3%BCnchen?src=hash">#München</a>—@CharlesMichel
We must not allow violence to be the future of Europe. In these hard times we stand in solidarity with the German people. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Munich?src=hash">#Munich</a>—@tsipras_eu
Just spoken to my German counterpart F-W <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Steinmeier?src=hash">#Steinmeier</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GermanyDiplo">@GermanyDiplo</a> to offer my condolences for the victims of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Munich?src=hash">#Munich</a> attack—@BorisJohnson