Munich Deadly Shooting

A series of tragic events has left the whole world in a lot of unrest and turmoil. Friday, July 22 people of Munich, Germany witnessed a horror at a busy shopping mall. At least 9 people were reported to be killed and 16 were left injured in the deadly shooting at McDonald’s restaurant in the mall.

Police first suspected that there were 3 gunmen responsible for the multiple killings. Later on a dead man was found on a side street near the site who had shot himself. Surveillance videos and statements from witnesses confirmed that he was the only gunman.
The shooter whose motives were not clear was an unidentified German-Iranian living in Munich for at least 2 years. No terrorist group has come forward to claim the responsibility of this attack.

Some of the witness statements recorded by CNN are:

Laureta, whose son was in washroom with the shooter said:”I hear like an alarm and boom, boom, boom … and he’s still killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can’t run.”

Lauretta heard the gunman say, “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic. “I know this because I’m Muslim. I hear this and I only cry.

Huseyin Bayri, another witness mentioned that he heard the gunman screaming out that he will kill all the”foreigners.” “I heard a scream at first: ‘You shitty [bleep] foreigners. I am German. You will get it.’”

Sadly, many children were among the casualties.

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Turkey Failed Military Coup

July 15, 2016 Turkish military tried to overthrow the current government. Although, military coup failed in Turkey, it has left people dejected in the country. At least 269 people were confirmed dead and over 1,440 were wounded.

On Friday night, Military tanks were on the streets of capital Ankara and Istanbul. Soldiers blocked the famous connection, Bosphorus Bridge, between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Reports also say that grenades were thrown outside the parliament.

After few hours when the coup began, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the people of the country through facetime. In the video Erdoğan encouraged people to go on to the streets and stand up against the military coup.

“Go to the streets and give them their answer,” he said adding to it, “Those who are responsible, we will give them the necessary punishment.”

On Saturday morning, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek tells CNN that government was in total control and that coup was over. Soldiers responsible for treason surrendered but it is still unknown that who gave the orders.
More than 2800 army members were arrested and over 2700 judges and prosecutors were detained as authorities start to rectify the traitors.

President Erdoğan has asked Obama, US President, for extradition of FethullahGülen, an exiled cleric and a former ally. Gülen lives in Pennsylvania State. John Kerry, Secretary of state has told US would consider the deportation of Gülen if any evidence is surfaced that proves him guilty.

Kashmir Unrest

Death toll reached 47 today in Kashmir including two policemen. City has witnessed massive protests, violence and deaths in last two weeks.

It all started after the killing of young Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani from south Kashmir’s Tral area. Wani had a reward of Rs 10 Lakh on his head. On July 8, Indian army confirmed that the young commander was dead. Wani was widely popular among the youth in Kashmir and had established a huge following on his name. Thousands of people gathered for his funeral in his hometown and many mourned for his death in other parts of Kashmir.

According to The Hindu, On July 13, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting in which he asked the security forces for total restraint in Kashmir. He also stated that “Civilians were not be harmed.”
Kashmir is still under a state of curfew. However, authorities have decided to relax down the curfew in the afternoon time so that people can buy essentials.