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Edinburgh flags at half mast in solidarity with Munich

General view of Edinburgh city Credit: PA

Flags in Edinburgh are flying at half mast in solidarity with its twin town Munich after nine people were killed by a gunman in the German city.

Edinburgh's Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: "On behalf of the citizens of Edinburgh, I offer our sincere condolences to the people of Munich and across Germany following yesterday's attack.

"Edinburgh has enjoyed a close relationship with Munich since becoming our very first twin city in 1954, so yesterday's events are particularly moving.

"Our thoughts are with the families of all those who have died and are injured."

"The flags flying above the Edinburgh City Chambers have been lowered to half mast as a mark of respect and support for all those affected."


Merkel: Germany 'mourning with heavy heart' after attack

Angela Merkel paid tribute to those killed in the shooting attack.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country is "mourning with a heavy heart" after the Munich shooting attack.

"We are all - and I'm saying this on behalf of the whole federal government - mourning with a heavy heart for those who will never return to their families."

She added: "To the families, the parents and children for whom everything today seems empty and pointless, I say personally and in the name of many, many people in Germany: we share your pain, we're thinking of you and we're suffering with you."

Nine people were killed when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at a shopping centre and fast-food restaurant on Friday.

Twenty-seven people have been injured, with ten in a critical condition.


Shooter was in psychiatric care and had no criminal record

Mourners lay tributes at the scene Credit: Reuters

The shooter was in psychiatric and medical care, the Bavaria prosecutors' office spokesman said.

He had a book in his room about "rampage shooting in the mind", Bavaria's police chief said.

No suicide note has yet been found and his parents were unable to help police with the investigation due to shock, he added.

He was not known to police before the attack and had no criminal record.

Corbyn 'totally shocked' after Munich shooting

Jeremy Corbyn has said he is "shocked" after the Munich shooting that left nine dead.

The Labour leader said: "Sympathy for the families and the bereaved and the people who have suffered a terrible shock because to see somebody shot in front of you is probably an image that will never go away."

Putin 'sends his condolences' after Munich shooting

Russian President Vladimir Putin Credit: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after Friday's deadly shooting in Munich, Russian news agencies have reported, citing the Kremlin.

Nine people were killed when gunman, who is believed an 18-year-old German-Iranian, opened fire near a busy shopping mall.

It was the third attack on civilians in western Europe in eight days.

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