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Germany gun attack: Two killed in Halle Germany gun attacks: At least two killed in Halle shootings
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At least two people have been killed in a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle, police say. At least two people have been killed after shots were fired in a kebab shop and near a synagogue in the east German city of Halle.
One person was arrested, police said, but other suspects are believed to have fled the Paulus area in a vehicle. One person was arrested, but police believe at least one other may have fled the area in a vehicle.
One gunman was wearing military camouflage and carrying several weapons, witnesses say. At least one gunman was seen wearing a military-style outfit carrying several weapons, witnesses say.
Reports suggest there was also an attack on a synagogue in Halle and a shooting in Landsberg, some 15km (9 miles) east of the city. Reports suggest there has also been a shooting incident in Landsberg, some 15km (9 miles) east of Halle.
It was not immediately clear if the incidents were connected. The situation remains unclear and local residents in both areas have been told to stay inside their homes.
What do we know about the kebab shop attack? German federal prosecutors say they are taking over the investigation because of the "particular importance of the case", a spokesman told AFP news agency.
A man was killed in a Turkish kebab shop, Halle police spokesman Ralf Karlstedt said. The second victim was identified as a woman but the place where she was killed has not been confirmed. What do we know about the attacks?
A suspect fled the scene in a car and was arrested by police outside Halle, Mr Karlstedt said, adding that officials were still investigating the identity of the person. A man was killed in a Turkish kebab shop, Halle police spokesman Ralf Karlstedt said.
Residents were being warned to remain in their homes. A second victim, who is a woman, reportedly died on a street close to a Jewish cemetery and synagogue.
Earlier, a witness told German n-tv news that a gunman in camouflage had opened fire with an assault rifle on a Turkish kebab shop. It remains unclear if the two attacks were carried out by the same person.
"The man came up to the doner shop, he threw something like a grenade, it didn't explode, and he opened fire with an assault rifle... I hid in the toilet," the witness told a TV reporter near the scene. Police say a suspect was arrested after fleeing the scene, but their identity and motive has not yet been released.
What is being reported about the synagogue incident? Max Privorotzki, leader of the local Jewish community, told Der Spiegel magazine that a gunman had tried to get into a Halle synagogue where between 70 and 80 people were inside.
Shots were also reported near a synagogue in Halle, according to German media, but details have not been confirmed.
A suspect tried to get into the building, Max Privorotzki, leader of the local Jewish community, told Der Spiegel magazine, saying between "70 and 80 people were in the synagogue".
One witness said one attacker "dressed like a policeman... fully armed" had thrown a petrol bomb or grenade over a cemetery wall.One witness said one attacker "dressed like a policeman... fully armed" had thrown a petrol bomb or grenade over a cemetery wall.
The violence came as Jews celebrated Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day.The violence came as Jews celebrated Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day.
A witness at the kebab shop told German n-tv news that a gunman in camouflage had opened fire on the venue.
"The man came up to the doner shop, he threw something like a grenade, it didn't explode, and he opened fire with an assault rifle... I hid in the toilet," the witness told a TV reporter near the scene.
A video posted on social media appears to show at least one suspect, wearing a helmet, firing into the air from behind a car.
Local police have told local residents to stay calm and be wary of false reports of further incidents.
A minutes silence was held for the victims in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday.
"Together with you, I would like to express my sympathies to the German police forces, the German people and the German Jewish community," President of the European parliament David Sassoli said leading the tribute.
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