Abadi Condemns Munich Attack
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi condemned on Saturday (July 23) the attack in a Munich shopping mall which killed at least nine people in the third attack against civilians in Western Europe in eight days.
Abadi in a statement also called on the international community to stand by Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS).
“Terrorism is a threat against global security and stability including Iraq and the region,” Abadi said. “Iraqis sacrifice with their blood and life to confront Daesh [ISIS]. They fight on the ground for a greater haven and steadiness around the world,”
“The terrorist groups have no relation to Islam, as they are perpetrators of crime,” he added, saying defeating “terrorism” is every country’s responsibility to take into account.
An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire near the busy Munich shopping mall on Friday (July 22) evening, killing at least nine people.
The pistol-wielding attacker, whose body was found on a side street near the mall, has not been officially identified.
Authorities said it was too early to say whether it was a terrorist attack but that the shooter was believed to have staged the attack alone, opening fire in a fast food restaurant before moving to the mall.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and a host of intelligence officials on Saturday to review the incident.