At least 2 killed in German synagogue attack
German police have confirmed that one suspect has been arrested after at least two people were killed and number of people injured in shootings at multiple locations in Germany, including a synagogue in the city of Halle.
A grenade was also thrown into the Jewish cemetery.
The Germany MDR broadcaster and others reported that more perpetrators, possibly armed with machine guns, could have fled the scene in a car.
Max Privorotzki, the head of the Jewish community in Halle, told Der Spiegel that two perpetrators attempted to break into the synagogue, between 70 and 80 people were inside at the time.
The shooting falls on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, a strict day of rest, fasting and prayer — and regarded as the holiest day of the year for Jews.
Police warned on Twitter that people in the area should still “stay alert” and assured that they are working on stabilizing the situation.
A spokesperson also said security will be increased at the Dresden Synagogue and Jewish cemetery as a “protective measure.” Dresden is about two hours from Halle.
Germany’s Bild newspaper reported that shots were also fired about 15 km away from Halle in Landsberg, saying the information was confirmed by a police source. It is not known if the two incidents are linked.
A large police presence has been deployed to Wiedersdorf located near Landsberg, according to the local media. Some unconfirmed reports suggest that the alleged suspects have entrenched in the area.
Meanwhile, Der Spiegel Magazine reported that German federal prosecutors would be taking over investigations, while the LPZ newspaper said the search for another perpetrator was being concentrated on the Leipzig area.