Ali Sonboly, an 18 year old citizen of both Germany and Iran, has been described as a
lonely, shy teenager who was bullied at school. According to police, he had sought
treatment for depression and psychiatric problems. He had read about shootings at
American schools in a book _Why Kids Kill_, which was found inside his home.
Was he an 'Islamist terrorist' passing as a recent migrant? No, first of all, he had been
living for many years in Germany. He had no criminal record or known links to Islamist groups.
As an Iranian, if he was a Muslim, he almost certainly would have been a Shia, and ISIS
regards the Shias as mortal enemies. And the Islamic Republic of Iran has no recent
record of encouraging Shias in Western societies to undertake terrorist actions there.
The German police already have ruled out any connection to ISIS. His victims include
some Germans of Muslim heritage.
In 2009 another teenager shot and killed fifteen people at his old school in Winnenden, Germany.
This tragedy seems to have more in common with school shootings than with 'Islamist terrorism'.
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