Published On: Wed, Oct 9th, 2019

German Synagogue Attack That Killed 2 Was Reportedly An Antisemitic Mass Shooting Attempt

Rescued parishioners of the Jewish community and police forces stand near the scene of a shooting that has left two people dead

A shooting at a German synagogue and kebab shop was an antisemitic act of right-wing extremism, German officials say.

As The Guardian reports, two people were killed on Wednesday at and near a synagogue in the German city of Halle, southwest of Berlin. Authorities say that around noon local time, about 70-80 worshipers had gathered in the synagogue for the celebration of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Their worship was interrupted when a masked gunman, bedecked in military apparel, attempted to force his way into the building.

The door was locked, preventing the assailant from getting in. However, Max Privorotzki, the head of the Jewish community in Halle, said that the assailant still made every effort to cause as much mayhem as possible.

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