UPDATED: Two killed in shooting outside synagogue in Germany, one person arrested

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Two people have died in a shooting outside a synagogue in Halle in Germany.

Halle police confirmed that “multiple shots were fired” and the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle and are currently on the run. The shooting took place in the city’s Paulusviertel district near where a synagogue is located, police said. It remains unclear, however, whether the synagogue is related to the shooting.

Police said that at least one person has been detained but asked residents to “remain alert” as other suspects may still be at large.

Two people killed in a shooting in Halle
Police guard a crime scene near a Synagogue after a shooting in Halle, Germany, 09 October 2019. According to the police two people were killed in shootings in front of a Synagogue and a Kebab shop in the Paulus district of Halle in the East German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. Police stated a suspect is already in arrest.  EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER

At least one of the suspects was wearing a military-style combat uniform and was armed with “multiple weapons,” eyewitnesses told German media.

German newspaper  Bild is reporting that a hand grenade was thrown and that the attack happened in front of a synagogue.

The nearby train station has closed.

Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.


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