An Iranian-German teenager who killed nine people during a mass shooting outside a Munich shopping centre was a right-wing extremist who "hated Turks and Arabs," Germany's FAZ newspaper reported Wednesday citing investigators.
The 17-year-old was obsessed with Adolf Hitler, with whom he shared a birthday, was proud of his "Aryan" heritage and hated and felt superior to Turks and Arabs, the newspaper said in its report.
Ali David S opened fire outside a McDonald's restaurant in Munich's Olympia shopping centre late Friday, killing nine people - most of them teenagers with a non-German heritage - and injuring dozens of other people before turning his semi-automatic pistol on himself.
The report contradicts statements by Bavarian officials and police, who have claimed that there was no political motivation behind the crime and that Ali David S had chosen his victims at random.
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