Deadly shooting targets synagogue in German city of Halle

A shooting outside a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle has left two people dead and two injured. Interior Minister Seehofer has confirmed an anti-Semitic motive.

Police in Halle

  • Two people have been killed in the attack in the eastern German city of Halle. Two more wounded victims have been taken to a local hospital.
  • Shots were fired near a kebab shop and at a synagogue while the Jewish community was observing Yom Kippur. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has said that at least one of the motives for the attack must be anti-Semitism.
  • The police have detained one suspect, and now believe the 27-year-old German man acted alone.

18:53 Before the Germany-Argentina football match kicks off in Dortmund, the tens of thousands of people in the stadium observed a minute of silence for the victims of the Halle attack. Someone spoils the minute’s silence by singing the German national anthem. Another voice shouts, Shut up. The stadium applauds.

18:45 Streaming video site Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, has said it worked with urgency to remove footage of the attack, which was being livestreamed by the suspected assailant at the time of the shooting via a camera mounted to his helmet.

In the video, the man can be heard denying that the Holocaust happened before making xenophobic and misogynistic statements. He then attempts to enter the Halle synagogue, but find the gates shut and locked, swears and shoots at a passerby.

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