Gunman kills two people in attack on synagogue in Germany

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Two people killed, one suspect arrested in shooting near synagogue in Germany (Photo: Video Screenshot)

AT LEAST two people have died after a gunman ‘threw a grenade at a Jewish cemetery’ in an attack near a synagogue. The attack occurred in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday. The incident near the synagogue comes on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. The video of gunman emerged on social networks.

“According to initial findings, two people were killed in Halle,” the local police said in a tweet. “There were several shots.”

Shortly after the attack, the video of the gunman emerged on social media. It reportedly shows a gunman wearing something similar to tactical gear and probably body armor and a helmet. He stops by the car and fired several rounds. It wasn’t clear what weapon was used in the attack but the gunman was seen reloading after each shot, and large shells fell to the ground after each round.

According to the witnesses, they saw a man open fire wearing camouflage before fleeing in a car, local media reported. Halle’s police force later sent a tweet saying they had detained one person in connection to the attack. They did not say whether they were seeking any additional suspects or any other details regarding the incident.