The Munich mall gunman had undergone psychiatric treatment before the attack and was obsessed with mass killings
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Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community's efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters.The attacks have a common theme of being carried out by actors with an apparent history of mental illness – but few if any direct links to extremist groups, the officials told Reuters.Counterterrorism officials told Reuters that the assailants in a recent spate of mass killings all had histories of apparent mental illness.French investigators have arrested five alleged accomplices in the Nice attacks, but they have so far found no evidence that the attack was directed by foreign militants, according to a U.S. counterterrorism official and a French official.The case of Mateen perhaps best exemplifies the difficulty in detecting and preventing attacks by single perpetrators with a history of mental illness.Organized terror groups are difficult enough to track and stop, but the self-radicalized individuals with a history of mental illness represent an entirely new variety of terror, said ex-CIA and National Security Agency Director Gen. Michael Hayden.
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