2 shot dead near a synagogue in Germany

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Assailants used an assault rifle and at least one fled the scene..

At least two people have been killed in a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle, police say.

One person was arrested, police said, but other suspects were believed to have fled the Paulus area in a vehicle. Witnesses said one gunman was wearing military camouflage and carrying several weapons.

A witness told German n-tv news that a gunman in camouflage opened fire with an assault rifle on a doner kebab shop.

"The man came up to the Doner shop, he threw something like a grenade, it didn't explode, and he opened fire with an assault rifle. The man behind me must have died... I hid in the toilet," the witness told a TV reporter near the scene. One witness said one attacker had thrown a petrol bomb or grenade over a cemetery wall. It happens as Jews celebrate Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day.

It was not clear where the arrest took place. Police are still warning residents to remain in their homes.

 
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Germany's main Jewish community group has accused police of "negligence" after a gunman killed two people while attacking an east German synagogue.
The head of the Central Council of Jews said it was "scandalous" that police were not protecting the synagogue in Halle on the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday.

 

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I visited Halle once, about 29-1/2 years ago (when it was still in East Germany). Still had WWII damage to buildings & roads, as did E. Germany generally.

Anyway, this episode just demonstrates that an antisemite seeking to kill Jews will kill anyone if his first choice is rendered unavailable. They are a menace to any decent society, and not just to Jews.
Germany's main Jewish community group has accused police of "negligence" after a gunman killed two people while attacking an east German synagogue.
We have private security now, in addition to our own security committee, and a few that carry concealed weapons on the big days like Yom Kippur, if not at other times also.
 
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He seemed to have some home made weapons, single shot of some kind. Not well planned out it appears, some armed guards could have taken him out pretty quickly instead of his just walking around unimpeded. Course minutes probably seem like hours in those situations.