Shoot­ing kills two near Ger­man city syn­a­gogue

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Ber­lin: Po­lice locked down the cen­ter of the east­ern Ger­man city of Halle on Wed­nes­day, warn­ing cit­i­zens to stay home while they searched for the at­tack­ers who fa­tally shot at least two peo­ple near a syn­a­gogue dur­ing ser­vices for Yom Kip­pur, the holi­est day in Ju­daism. Ger­man press reports said at least one gun­man had opened fire at the syn­a­gogue in what was feared to have been an anti-Semitic at­tack.

The as­sailants fled in a ve­hi­cle, Halle po­lice said, as they cor­doned off the syn­a­gogue and blocked ma­jor ar­ter­ies in the city. They later re­ported the ar­rest of one sus­pect. The iden­ti­ties of the vic­tims and the to­tal num­ber of at­tack­ers were not im­me­di­ately clear. “Sev­eral shots were fired,” the Halle po­lice said in a state­ment posted to Twit­ter.

Ger­many’s fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor took over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the at­tack, a spokes­woman said, a step in­di­cat­ing that author­i­ties were treat­ing it as po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. A wit­ness to the shoot­ing, which took place in broad day­light, told lo­cal broad­caster MDR that he had seen a gun­man dressed in mil­i­tary gear and armed with sev­eral weapons fir­ing at the syn­a­gogue. Other news out­lets re­ported that a hand grenade was thrown into a Jewish ceme­tery nearby.

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