“Anti-Semitic attack”: Shooting near synagogue in Germany kills 2 on Yom Kippur

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 9th, 2019 2:20 pm

Last Updated Nov 18th, 2019 at 4:03 pm

Two people were killed on Wednesday and several others were injured in a shooting rampage near a synagogue in Halle, Germany on Yom Kippur — Judaism’s holiest day.

A woman was killed near the synagogue around midday local time. The gunman also opened fire at a kebab shop nearly half a mile away, fatally wounding a man, and threw a grenade into a Jewish cemetery.

The shooter livestreamed the attack on Twitch.

The police are now looking for the perpetrator and have urged local residents to seek safety, saying the attack may have involved up to three people. Police have arrested at least one.

Germany’s top security official described the shooting as an “anti-Semitic attack” and said prosecutors believe it may have been motivated by far-right ideology.

Foreign Minister Heiko Mass said that the attack hit Germans “in the heart.”

“We all have to fight against anti-Semitism in our country,” he tweeted.

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