Two killed in shootings near synagogue in Germany

Two killed in shootings near synagogue in Germany
By: World News Posted On: October 09, 2019 View: 14

Two killed in shootings near synagogue in Germany

Two people have been killed and another two injured in shootings in the east German city of Halle.

One of the suspected gunmen posted head-cam footage of one the attacks on a gaming website. Sky News has chosen not to show the footage.

Police secures the area after a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle
Image: The shooting happened near a synagogue
Police block the area around the site of a shooting in Halle an der Saale, eastern Germany
Image: Police have confirmed two people are dead

According to reports the first attack targeted a synagogue where up to 80 worshippers were marking Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

Max Privorozki, Halle's Jewish community chairman, described how a gunman tried to shoot his way into the building.

"We saw via the camera system at our synagogue that a heavily-armed perpetrator with a steel helmet and a gun tried to shoot open our doors," he told the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper.

Police secures the area after a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle
Image: A person has been arrested
Police secures the area after a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle
Image: The shooting happened near a synagogue

"The man looked like he was from the special forces...But our doors held.

"We barricaded the doors from inside and waited for the Police."

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The second assault was on a kebab shop in the Saxony area of the city.

Witness Conrad Roesler told n-tv television: "He had an assault rifle and a helmet and suddenly he threw what looked like a grenade.

First responders attend to the scene after a fatal shooting in Halle
Image: First responders attend to the scene after a fatal shooting in Halle

"It bounced off a door frame...Suddenly he picked up the rifle and fired at the shop...I hid in the toilet."

A short time later shooting was reported in the nearby town of Landsberg, where the mayor said gunmen had hijacked a car. There was also a large police presence reported in Wiesderdorf, another nearby town.

Police have arrested one suspect and have now told residents of Halle there is no longer an "acute" danger to the public.

German foreign minister Heiko Mass wrote on Twitter: "That on the Day of Atonement a synagogue was shot at hits us in the heart.

"We must all act against anti-Semitism in our country."

In Berlin, the state interior senator urged police to step up security at Jewish institutions in the German capital.

Police, who are urging locals to stay inside, said two people were dead and that one person has been arrested.

The mayor of Landsberg, where police confirmed more gunfire was heard, said the Halle suspects hijacked a car and were on a motorway that leads to Munich.

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