An attack near a synagogue in the German town of Halle on Wednesday left at least two people dead. “According to initial findings, two people were killed in Halle,” the local police said in a tweet. “There were several shots.”
Witnesses told German media they saw a man open fire wearing camouflage before fleeing in a car. Halle’s police force later sent a tweet saying they had detained one person in connection to the attack. They did not say in their tweet whether they were seeking any additional suspects.
Video posted to social media showed a man wearing tactical gear including body armor and a helmet firing several rounds. It wasn’t clear what weapon was used in the attack.
Police did not confirm that the attack targeted worshipers, but Jews around the world were marking Yom Kippur on Wednesday, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, and part of the taped-off crime scene was immediately outside the walls of a Jewish cemetery adjacent to the Halle synagogue.
There were unconfirmed reports from witnesses that a Turkish kebab restaurant near the synagogue was also shot at during the attack.
As CBS News correspondent Roxana Saberi reported last year, a marked rise of extreme nationalist groups in Germany has also brought a. German police received more than 400 reports of anti-Semitic attacks in the first half of 2018 — 10 percent more than the same period the previous year.
Jews around the world were marking Yom Kippur on Wednesday, the day of atonement, and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
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