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At shootings in the East German city of Halle, at least two people were killed on Wednesday. Police and witnesses report shooting in several places, including in front of a synagogue and near a Jewish cemetery. The attack took place when the Jews obeyed Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
A suspect has been arrested by the police and another suspect is said to have fled a vehicle. The authorities assume that two or three people may have committed the attack.
Witnesses told local media that a man had shot at a kebab shop and thrown a grenade object.
Max Privorozki, chairman of the Jewish Community in Halle, told the newsmagazine The Mirror a gunman had tried to invade a synagogue, fire gunfire and throw Molotov cocktails – but the building's security measures would have Attack withstood. About 70 to 80 people were in the synagogue at the time, he said.
The regional broadcaster MDR has shared a viewer's cell phone video showing a person wearing a helmet and firing a gun, though it is not clear what the person shot. Shots were reportedly fired in the city of Landsberg, 9 miles away.
The residents were ordered to stay indoors, and the police asked for help finding pictures or videos that the suspects could show.
Two people were delivered to a hospital in Halle with gunshot wounds and operated The Mirror reported.
The police protection at synagogues in the East German cities Leipzig and Dresden was increased after the accident of the incident, reports the German news service DPA . The Federal Police also increased security at railway stations and airports in central Germany and on routes to Poland and the Czech Republic. Deutsche Bahn announced the closure of the central station in Halle.
According to Spiegel the German Federal Prosecutor's Office has taken over the investigation of the case.
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