Bavarian official says military aid needed in time of crisis

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.