A shooting in Germany’s Halle city that killed at least two people on Wednesday October 9th targeted a synagogue, according to Berlin-based Bild newspaper. The incident came as Jews worldwide are marking their holy day of Yom Kippur, AFP reported.
A Jewish cemetery was also targeted by a hand grenade, Bild daily added.
Max Privorotzki, head of the Jewish community in the city, told Spiegel Online that gunmen attempted to enter the synagogue, while dozens of worshippers were inside it, but their attempts were thwarted thanks to security measures in place, according to AFP.
A restaurant located about 600 metres away from the synagogue was targeted by another hand grenade, an eyewitness told NTV. He noted that it was thrown by a man wearing a helmet and military uniform.
"The grenade hit the door and exploded," he said.
"(The attacker) shot at least once in the shop, the man behind me must be dead. I hid in the toilet and locked the door."
The police said they had detained a suspect and urged citizens to stay indoors. A police spokesman said the reason behind the attack was still unclear.
"We don't have any indication about the motive of this act."
Mayor of the eastern German town of Landsberg, Anja Werner, said that two suspects are behind the deadly shooting, according to a Reuters report.
The spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office told AFP that German anti-terror prosecutors are taking over the investigation.