Fatal shooting reported near synagogue in Germany

At least two people were killed Wednesday in a shooting in front of a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle — an attack that comes on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, according to reports.

Several people also were injured, Halle police spokesman Thomas Mueller told CNN.

One suspect was arrested, police said, though it was not immediately clear how many assailants were involved.

Local news outlet Bild reported that a hand grenade also was tossed into a Jewish cemetery.

The attack took place near a Turkish eatery about 2,000 feet from the synagogue.

Eyewitness Konra Roesler, who was inside the kebab shop, told local broadcaster NTV that “a man wearing a helmet and military uniform” flung a grenade at the store, according to AFP.

“The grenade hit the door and exploded,” he said. “(The attacker) shot at least once in the shop, the man behind me must be dead. I hid in the toilet and locked the door.”

A police spokesman said a motive for the attack was not yet known.

“Early indications show that two people were killed in Halle. Several shots were fired. The suspected perpetrators fled in a car,” police said on Twitter, urging residents in the area to stay indoors.

 

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