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Germany gun attacks: At least two killed in Halle shootings Germany gun attacks: At least two killed in Halle shootings
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At least two people have been killed and two others injured in shootings at a kebab shop and near a synagogue in the east German city of Halle. At least two people have been killed and two others injured in gun attacks in the east German city of Halle.
One person was arrested, but police believe at least one other may have fled the area in a vehicle. It is thought one suspect, who has been arrested, killed a man at a kebab shop and a woman near a synagogue.
At least one gunman was seen wearing a military-style outfit carrying several weapons, witnesses say. Witnesses inside the synagogue say the gunman tried to force his way through the door, where dozens were inside observing Yom Kippur on Wednesday.
Reports suggest there was also a shooting incident in Landsberg, some 15km (9 miles) east of Halle. Videos from the scene appear to show the suspect wore military-type clothing and used several weapons in the attack.
The situation remains unclear and local residents in both areas have been told to stay inside their homes. It also appears he wore a camera and streamed the attack online, according to the Site Intelligence extremist monitoring group.
Two injured people with gun wounds are having surgery at Halle's university hospital, a spokesman told AFP news agency. A lockdown of the area has been lifted, following earlier fears that others were involved and had fled.
German federal prosecutors have said they are taking over the investigation because of the "particular importance of the case". German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has described the attack as anti-Semitic.
"According to the federal prosecutor there are sufficient indications for a possible right-wing extremist motive," he said.
What do we know about the attacks?What do we know about the attacks?
A man was killed in a Turkish kebab shop, Halle police spokesman Ralf Karlstedt said. The attacks happened at about 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on Wednesday.
A second victim, who is a woman, reportedly died on a street close to a Jewish cemetery and synagogue. One man was killed in a Turkish kebab shop and a female victim reportedly died on a street close to a Jewish cemetery and synagogue.
It remains unclear if the two attacks were carried out by the same person. Police say the suspect was arrested after fleeing the scene, but their identity has not yet been released.
Police say a suspect was arrested after fleeing the scene, but their identity and motive has not yet been released. Two people with gun wounds are having surgery at Halle's university hospital, a spokesman told AFP news agency.
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. Max Privorotzki, leader of the local Jewish community, told media that a camera outside the synagogue showed a gunman with a helmet and rifle trying to get into the compound. At least 70 people were inside at the time.
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 the attacker was "dressed like a policeman... fully armed" and 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. 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. "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.
Shane Smith, a tourist from New Zealand, heard six loud shots from the flat where he was staying, he told the BBC.Shane Smith, a tourist from New Zealand, heard six loud shots from the flat where he was staying, he told the BBC.
He later witnessed a vehicle speeding up a local road, pursued by a police car with a damaged window.He later witnessed a vehicle speeding up a local road, pursued by a police car with a damaged window.
Local police have told local residents to stay calm and be wary of false reports of further incidents. Security was boosted at other German synagogues news of the attack, local media reported.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her condolences and "solidarity for all Jews on the holy day of Yom Kippur".
A minute's silence was held for the victims in the European Parliament in Brussels.A minute's silence was held for the victims in the European Parliament in Brussels.
"Together with you, I would like to express my sympathies to the German police forces, the German people and the German Jewish community," European Parliament President David Sassoli said, leading the tribute."Together with you, I would like to express my sympathies to the German police forces, the German people and the German Jewish community," European Parliament President David Sassoli said, leading the tribute.
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