Singapore condemns shooting attack in Munich: MFA

An area of the pedestrian zone in the centre of Munich, Germany on July 22 is sealed off.
An area of the pedestrian zone in the centre of Munich, Germany on July 22 is sealed off. PHOTO: EPA

SINGAPORE - Singapore condemns the shooting attack in Munich, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Saturday (July 23).

An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire in a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least 10 people, Reuters reported.

"We are shocked and saddened by the loss of innocent lives. We extend our condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured a speedy recovery," said MFA, calling it a "vicious" attack.

 
 

There are no reports of Singaporeans injured in the accident or directly affected by it, as of the time of the statement, MFA said.

The Ministry is in the midst of verifying the safety of Singaporeans in Munich, but said that most Singaporeans registered with the MFA are safe.

It will continue to contact the remaining registered Singaporeans.

"For Singaporeans in Munich who have not registered with MFA, please let your family and loved ones know that you are safe, or contact MFA if you need urgent assistance," it said.

The Ministry advised Singaporeans in Munich to exercise vigilance, follow the instructions of the local authorities and monitor the local news for the latest updates.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post he was shocked to learn of the "senseless act".

"We have seen so many brutal terrorist attacks in recent months, one after another," he wrote. "We are at risk of becoming numbed, and have to remind ourselves of the terrible human tragedy each time."

Singaporeans who require consular assistance can contact the Singapore Embassy in Berlin or the 24-hour MFA duty office at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Berlin
Address: Voßstraße 17, 10117 Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 152 2341 2182
Email: singemb_ber@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hour)
Address: Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800, 6379 8855
Fax: +65 6476 7302
E-mail: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg