Gunmen trying to break into a synagogue in the eastern Germany of Halle during Yom Kippur prayers were repelled by security guards and then shot dead two people. The victims have not been identified. Max Privorotzki, who heads the Jewish community in Halle, said there were 70-80 people in the synagogue when the shots were fired. A grenade was lobbed into the Jewish cemetery. The perpetrators fled with a vehicle. Witnesses described the gunmen as wearing military camouflage with helmets and armed with several weapons. One was arrested and the others fled the scene. Police advised people to stay in their homes and be vigilant until the situation was stabilized and more information available. Halle’s train station was closed.
In a second shooting incident, 600m from the synagogue, a man described as “wearing a helmet and military uniform” hurled a hand grenade and fired an assault gun into a Turkish kebab shop, possibly killing a man. Police are surrounding an apartment in Halle where suspects related to both or either of the attacks are believed holed up.
The Attorney General has taken charge of the investigation of the synagogue attack
There were also shots in the Landsberg (Saalekreis) around 15 kilometers east of Halle. This was confirmed by a police spokeswoman. Details of the incident in this incident are not yet known.