“Selina Akim” – Did Facebook account lure people to OEZ Munich shopping centre?

Update: July 22 7:20PM British time. Facebook has removed the account in question. So far, I’ve managed to gather multiple screenshots of the profile, as well as a screenshot of a private message that “Selina Akim” sent to people.

Ali Sonboly

A photograph of Ali Sonboly.

Update: July 23 11:30AM. German police have said that they believe the shooter may have hacked a Facebook account in order to lure victims to McDonald’s restaurant

Yesterday afternoon, an 18-year-old Iranian German named Ali Sonboly opened fire at the OEZ Munich shopping centre in Germany. While I was skimming through some of the various tweets about the shooting, I came across a link to the following Facebook post:

Screenshot taken at exactly 7:08PM Irish time.

Screenshot taken at exactly 7:08PM British time.

Note how the post in question was posted 4 hours ago – at around 2PM British time. Well before the shooting took place.

The post in question reads:

Kommt heute um 16 Uhr Meggi am OEZ ich spendiere euch was wenn ihr wollt aber nicht zu teuer.

Basic translation: Come to the OEZ shopping centre at around 4PM and I’ll buy you something as long as it is not expensive.

Another user posted the following screenshot, which shows that the Selina Akim account has posted various statuses – all of which attempted to lure people to the OEZ Munich shopping centre.

Selina Akim

“Her” first invite to her followers was posted on Facebook last night, at 11:10PM German time. In her post, she says:

Wer kommt morgen alles OEZ um 16:00 Uhr Mc donalds oder Bommerang?

It seems that somebody created a fake Facebook account of a pretty Middle Eastern woman – for the sole purpose of gathering a large list of friends and followers. Once the account had amassed enough friends and followers, whoever was running the account began to invite everyone to the shopping centre. The bio of the account read (translated from German):

Hi. My old account was closed because it was hacked. This is my new account!

Note that the first photograph on the account was uploaded back in June, which means that the person behind it had plenty of time to pick up a large list of followers and friends. They also set their friend list to private, which means that we have no idea how many friends this “Selina Akim” account had managed to gain before today’s shooting.

A screenshot of “her” bio, which stated that she is from Starnberg:

selina-akim-fb

Somebody has also posted the following screenshot, which shows that the account was actively messaging people:

selina-akim-messages

Translations:

  1. I am now back in Munich at Meggi (nickname for McDonald’s) at 4PM.
  2. I lived there once.
  3. Are you from Munich?
  4. Do you know the Greek OEZ Moosach? (Moosach is a district in Munich).
  5. It is in the north.
  6. So you can talk to me.
  7. At McDonald’s (Meggi).
  8. I’m here at 4PM.
  9. Everyone should come.

By the way, the Snapchat caption says “Bin sprachlos”, which means “I am speechless.”

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6 thoughts on ““Selina Akim” – Did Facebook account lure people to OEZ Munich shopping centre?

  1. Adrian

    If this is related to the attack, it looks someone was trying to lure Arabic/Asian youngsters to the restaurant. This would point to it being an anti-immigrant attack.

  2. some user

    A Twitter post contained this screenshot of the fake profile, showing a comment of a guy who said the invitation to the MCDonalds is not a fake.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CoAUUuvWAAADWjr.jpg

    Maybe he’s the shooter.
    From what I saw today in videos, he was a mobbed diabled young man who seeked revenge. This fake Facebook account was controlled by him, to lure people to the MCDonalds. The video showing the shooting at the MCD is directly on the opposite site of the car park, where he was having a conversation on the roof and shooting at the high building right beside it. Just look at google maps, you will see.

    Question now is, is Nabiliano Kayali still alive? Because the shooter killed himself, and was found later by the police.

  3. Anonymous

    If you check his profile, he said he just commented “no fake” to be funny. He is shocked but alive

  4. InterMezzo

    What I write below is very important to understand the possible motive. I believe it puts a relation between the fake account and the shooting:

    I just went to google translate and translated selina akim or akim selina from Turkish to German and it translates as “die aktuelle Flut.” In English: The current flood.

    Despite of the shooter being determined as Iranian. this might be related. Turkish is a language that is also spoken in Iran.

    So this Selina Akim character is not a girl’s name, it is a simple code, meaning THE CURRENT FLOOD

    Google translate link: [link to translate.google.nl (secure)]

    It might be possible that this guy was fed up with the current flood of immigrants, felt it had ruined his life and used that fake account to lure as many as possible to the McDonalds, hence the Selina Akim post.

    And yes, I am getting sick and tired also with all this crap going on, from whatever side it comes in these events. As people we should hold our governments accountable for their Open Arms policy at coming elections. Whether that be in Europe or in the USA or where ever. That is why you have to vote, no matter what.

    I don’t believe in right wing or ISIS in this case, but a mentally sick individual, even though sadly enough our society spinning out of control has everything to do with all the crap that is going on at the moment with the tensions the whole open border and open arms policy of our governments brings, with many innocent victims as a result. So whether it is Islamic Terrorism, Right Wing terrorism or a nutcase, it is all related.

    This shit has got to stop. We do not live in a building bridges era at this moment. My life matters too, just as that of innocent people who are mowed down for no reason other than the deep hate of one for the other.

    And the media, they are just media. They create wars, they create hate, they create political leaders and make money out of that. We as people should be adult enough to look past that and base our opinions on our own judgement. Go from who you are, what you feel, use your own brian instead of following what is fed.

    1. Veerle

      1) The “current flood” theory is pure speculation just like your whole story. Selina is a common name and “current” can also be an indication of it being the “current” profile (given the other profile was hacked). My guess is as good as yours.
      2) A messed up youngster killing other people brings you the message that you should “hold the government accountable for their “open arms” policy? You just make up a story for which you have no proof pertaining the motive of the kid and then you just go straight on drawing conclusions.
      Perhaps you just grab this event and twist it into a story that supports your fear-driven ideas.

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