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A major police operation is under way in Munich after a gunman opened fire in a shopping mall on Friday evening, killing at least nine people and then committing suicide.

The body of the attacker, identified by Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae as a dual national, was later found dead about 1km (0.6 miles) from the shopping centre.

"The perpetrator was an 18-year-old German-Iranian from Munich," police chief Hubertus Andrae told Reuters.

The police had initially said that they were looking for up to three suspects in the horrific shooting attack at the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre. But early on Saturday, the authorities confirmed in a news conference that there was a single attacker and was believed to have staged the attack alone.

Andrae said almost sixteen people, including several children, were injured in the attack and three of them are in critical condition.

This is the third attack against the civilians in Western Europe in eight days but the motive for the shooting is still not known. The previous attacks were claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility in this case, but the supporters of Islamic State celebrated on social media.

The police have urged people to avoid public places. Immediately after the attack, the police have stopped all modes of public transport and sealed off the highways.

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