At least two people were killed Wednesday in a shooting in front of a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle. Several other people have been injured.
The shooting took place in the city's Paulusviertel district. It was an anti semitic attack that comes on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. Shots were fired “at several locations” in that community, about 100 miles south of Berlin.The railroad station in Halle, a city of 240,000, was closed down as a precaution amid the police operation in the Paulus district. Witnesses said that at least one of the suspects was wearing a military-style combat uniform and was armed with “multiple weapons.” He fled on a car. One suspect has been arrested. "Attacker is on the run. Please remain in your homes or find a safe shelter," the police announced.
Shots were also reported in the neighboring town of Landsberg following the shooting in Halle. Extreme nationalist groups in Germany has brought a return of anti-Semitic acts. German police received more than 400 reports of anti-Semitic attacks in the first half of 2018 which is more than the same period the previous year.