ISIS Behind the Viernheim Kinopolis Movie Theater Shooting?

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Has ISIS attacked Germany? German police have surrounded a cinema in the town of Viernheim, Germany, around 45 miles south of Frankfurt. The shooting began at around 3 p.m. local time, around 9 a.m. Eastern time.

ISIS gunman enters the Kinopolis at Rhein-Neckar-Zentrum
gunman enters the Kinopolis at Rhein-Neckar-Zentrum

Bild reports that the suspect is “disguised,” armed and is “wearing a cartridge belt around his shoulder.”

The Frankfurter Allgemeine reports that the nearby Darmstadt hospital is in emergency mode.The Darmstadt Echo reports that up to 50 people have been injured, possibly through tear gas.

Sky News reports that Germany’s “elite police force”, the SEK, are on scene at the shooting.

ISIS Hunters Spezialeinsatzkommandos (SEK) are the special response units of the German state police forces.
Spezialeinsatzkommandos (SEK) are the special response units of the German state police forces.

Just before 11 a.m. Eastern, German media source began reporting that the suspect had been taken into custody.

As of now, it is unknown if the attack is ISIS-related. There is no talk about it on ISIS terrorist channels yet and no hashtag of “Viernheim_Is_Burning” has surfaced on Twitter.

ISIS sympathizers commonly use the “burning” hashtag, such as last week with “#OrlandoIsBurning” or “Orlando_Is_Burning.” The hashtag, which has been used by ISIS since the Paris attacks with “ParisIsBurning,” has been used in ever terrorist attack by them since, including “San_Bernardino_Is_Burning” and “Brussels_Is_Burning.”

UPDATE: Police kill hostage-taker in Viernheim

German Special forces were quickly on the spot. Apparently, Spezialeinsatzkommandos (SEK) were flown by helicopter to the site. It is now being reported that the hostage taker has been killed and 25 people have been injured.

 

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