Germany: Halle Shooting Is Anti-Semitic Attack

Attack Occurred on Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur

AP News
October 09, 2019 - 1:40 pm

(Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official is describing the shooting in the city of Halle as an anti-Semitic attack and saying that prosecutors believe there may be a far-right motive.

In a statement, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer confirmed that a "heavily armed perpetrator" tried to force his way into a synagogue Wednesday in the eastern German city on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day.

Shots also were fired outside the synagogue and at a nearby kebab shop, killing two people. Police said they had arrested one person.

The news magazine Der Spiegel, without citing sources, reported that the suspected assailant is a 27-year-old man from the state of Saxony-Anhalt, where Halle is located. It said investigators also have a video that the assailant apparently filmed with a camera on his helmet.