At least 2 dead in synagogue shooting in Halle, Germany, on Yom Kippur

  • At least two people are dead and a manhunt underway after a shooting at a synagogue in the city of Halle, Germany on Wednesday.
  • Halle police tweeted: “The alleged shooter has fled in a vehicle. We are looking intensely and are asking people to stay indoors.”
  • A hand grenade was also thrown, the Bild newspaper reported. Witnesses report the gunman was wearing camouflage gear and carried several weapons.
  • The attack falls on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
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At least two people are dead after a shooting at a synagogue in the city of Halle, Germany on Wednesday, police said.

Several shots were fired from a sub-machine gun which killed a woman and one other person, also injuring several other people, the Halle police and the Bild newspaper reported.

A hand grenade was also reportedly thrown by a man, “wearing military camouflage” who “had several weapons,”  the BBC reported, citing witness accounts.

A manhunt is underway.

Police in Halle tweeted: “According to initial reports, two people were killed in #Halle. Several shots were fired. The alleged shooter has fled in a vehicle. We are looking intensely and are asking people to stay indoors.”

Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s rail operator, has closed Halle station, it said in a tweet.

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