A shooting took place on Wednesday, October 9, in the middle of the day, near a synagogue in Halle, about forty kilometers from Leipzig. Two people were killed in the street, two others seriously injured. The person suspected of being the perpetrator of the shooting was arrested. The police confirmed it in the evening.
A shootout killed at least two people on Wednesday near a synagogue in the Paulus district of Halle in eastern Germany, the German police said. Two seriously wounded were hospitalized at Halle University Hospital, his spokesman told Spiegel newspaper.
"Two people were killed in Halle, according to preliminary findings. Several shots were fired. The alleged perpetrators fled aboard a vehicle, " the police said on Twitter, asking residents to stay at home . Around 6:30 pm, she raised the alarm and allowed residents to leave their homes, while police forces remain mobilized on site.
Nach ersten Erkenntnissen wurden zwei Personen in #Halle getötet.
Es fielen mehrere Schüsse. Die mutmaßlichen Täter sind mit einem Fahrzeug flüchtig. Wir fahnden mit Hochdruck und Bitten die Bevölkerung in ihren Wohnungen zu bleiben. # hal0910
Still on his Twitter account, the police announced that he had arrested a person. Injured at the end of a chase with the police, the individual was hospitalized. A spokesman for the police confirmed in the evening that he was the suspect of the assault on the gun. He was wounded and "neat," he added.
Unsere Kräfte haben eine Person festgenommen.
Bleiben Sie trotzdem weiterhin wachsam.
Wir sind mit starken Kräften in und um #Halle präsent und stabilisieren die Lage, bis alle Informationen gesichert vorliegen. # Hal0910
A video broadcast on Twitch
German Federal Minister Horst Seehofer said that "the anti-Semitic attack" was probably perpetrated by a "far-right" sympathizer , while the police initially spoke of several perpetrators and launched searches throughout the country. region. She finally raised the alarm in the evening and told the people of Halle that she could go out again on the street.
The police did not specify the nature of the shooter's injuries, but amateur video footage on the internet shows how the author, a 27-year-old man according to the German state television channel ARD, was injured by police shootings. the street.
In another video, recorded using a helmet camera and broadcast live on the Twitch streaming platform by the shooter, he is heard uttering anti-Semitic insults as he heads to the synagogue and shoots at them. victims. Research continues to find possible accomplices.
One of the victims died in a restaurant, the other, a woman, died in Humboldt Street, next to the Jewish cemetery.
The German Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor's Office took up the investigation, in view of the "special importance of the case" , which concerns "violent crimes affecting the internal security of the Federal Republic of Germany" , justified the jurisdiction .
"A profound shock for all Jews in Germany"
Shots included a Turkish restaurant and synagogue, and a grenade was also launched on Yom Kippur in a nearby Jewish cemetery.
Max Privorotzki, president of the Jewish community of Halle, confirmed the incident at Spiegel . "There are currently 70 to 80 people in the synagogue," said Max Privorotzki. Security measures at the entrance "resisted the attack," he continued.
The attack sparked "a profound shock for all Jews in Germany," said Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. He also considered it "scandalous" that the religious building was not protected by the German police while the community celebrated Yom Kippur.
An assailant dressed in military style
According to Deutsche Welle , an eyewitness reportedly saw that one of the attackers was dressed in military style and was carrying several weapons. Several elements of the modus operandi evoke the attack against the mosques of Christchurch in New Zealand that left 51 dead. The author of the killing last March by an Australian far right.
"A gunman was wearing a helmet and military clothes," said a man, who was inside, on the NTV news channel.
"He threw a grenade on the premises. The grenade crashed on the door and exploded, " added the witness, still in shock.
"The man then shot at least once in the store, the man who was sitting behind me had to die. I hid in the bathroom and locked the door, " he said.
Federal police reported on Twitter reinforcing its controls in railway stations, airports and at the level of connections with Poland and the Czech Republic.
More shots heard in Landsberg
The police cordoned off part of Humboldt Strasse, near the Jewish synagogue and cemetery. Halle Central Station has also been closed.The city of Halle, 230 000 inhabitants, located in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, lies to the north-west of Leipzig.
According to Focus magazine, new shots were heard in Landsberg, a few kilometers east of Halle.
Police forces secured the synagogues around Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, and Hamburg.
The chancellery expressed, through the voice of its spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, its sadness at "terrible news" , which it described as "an attempt" . "Our solidarity to all Jews and Jews on Yom Kippur's day of celebration, our gratitude to the forces of order, always mobilized. "
Zu den schrecklichen Nachrichten aus #Halle: Wir trauern um die beiden ermordeten Menschen. Wir hoffen, dass die Sicherheitskräfte den oder die Täter schnell fassen können. Es ist wichtig, den Hinweisen der @Polizei_HAL Folge zu leisten, dammit niemand weiteres zu Schaden kommt.- Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) October 9, 2019
Angela Merkel went to a major synagogue in the German capital on Wednesday evening to show her support to the rabbi responsible for the New Synagogue of Berlin, Gesa Ederberg, on this day of Yom Kippur, the biggest party Jewish nun.
"Unfortunately, today, on your holy day, we witnessed something horrible: two people lost their lives, there was an attack on Jews and Jews in Germany," he said. she declared.
"My goal, and that of the politicians, is to do everything so that you can live in safety. And this day shows us that it is not enough, that we must do even more, " she added.
On Twitter, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, condemned "strongly" Thursday the attack, lamenting an "anti-Semitic attack . "
Halle's anti-Semitic attack is a shock. We condemn it firmly. I express my full support to the Jewish community on this day of Yom Kippur, my solidarity with Germany, my thoughts to the families of the victims and their loved ones.- Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 9, 2019
"I express my full support to the Jewish community on this day of Yom Kippur, my solidarity with Germany, my thoughts to the families of the victims and their loved ones," he added.
" The terrorist attack on the community of Halle in Germany during Yom Kippur, the most sacred day for our people, is a new expression of growing anti-Semitism in Europe," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
The United States "strongly" condemned the attack on a synagogue Wednesday in Halle, Germany, in which at least two people were killed and two others seriously injured, the US embassy in Berlin said in a statement.
"We strongly condemn the attack on the synagogue in Halle today, the day of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for the Jews ... It's an attack on us all," the statement said. .
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