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Bavarian official says military aid needed in time of crisis

  • People mourn behind flower tributes near the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before, in Munich, Germany, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Police piecing together a profile of the gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall Friday left nine people dead described him Saturday as a lone, depression-plagued teenager. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    People mourn behind flower tributes near the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before, in Munich, Germany, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Police piecing together a profile of the gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall Friday left nine people dead described him Saturday as a lone, depression-plagued teenager. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • People gather to mourn with flower tributes near to the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before in Munich, Germany, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Police piecing together a profile of the gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall Friday left nine people dead described him Saturday as a lone, depression-plagued teenager.  (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    People gather to mourn with flower tributes near to the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before in Munich, Germany, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Police piecing together a profile of the gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall Friday left nine people dead described him Saturday as a lone, depression-plagued teenager. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • People mourn beside the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead two days ago in Munich, Germany, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

    People mourn beside the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead two days ago in Munich, Germany, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)  (The Associated Press)

Bavaria's top security official says Germany needs to be able to call upon its military in times of crisis like Friday night's shooting rampage at a Munich mall.

With an eye on the Nazi era excesses, Germany's post-war constitution only allows the Bundeswehr to be deployed domestically in a national emergency.

But state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told Welt am Sonntag newspaper Sunday the regulations are obsolete, with "an absolutely stable democracy in our country."

"In extreme situations — like for example the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels — we should also be able to call upon the Bundeswehr in Germany," he said. "It makes no sense to say we categorically reject that."

An 18-year-old with a pistol killed nine and wounded dozens Friday before taking his own life.