Friday 30 September 2016

Twitter users offering refuge to those stranded by Munich attack

Published 22/07/2016 | 20:53

Heavily armed police forces walk through the underground station Karlsplatz (Stachus) after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)
Heavily armed police forces walk through the underground station Karlsplatz (Stachus) after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

Refuge is being offered to people stranded near Munich through social media.

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Several people are feared dead and many are thought to have been injured in a gun attack near the Olympia shopping centre, prompting the closure of transport links across the city. Munich Police have urged people to avoid public places.

In response, hundreds of people have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #OffeneTur - or #OpenDoor - inviting people to stay if they are unable to get home.

Facebook's Safety Check feature has also been activated so that people can let friends and family know that they are safe.

It was most recently used in the wake of the Nice attack earlier in this month.

People also opened their homes under the hashtag #PorteOuverte during the Nice attack and Paris attacks in November to help people find safety.

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