2 killed in shooting in eastern German city of Halle, reportedly near synagogue

One person was arrested after two people were shot dead Wednesday in the eastern German city of Halle, police said.

Several shots were fired and the suspects then fled in a car, police said in a tweet. They urged residents to stay in their homes or indoors.

A short time later, police reported the arrest. They gave no information on that person. Pictures from the scene showed a body lying in the street behind a police cordon.

Police didn’t give any further information, but said officers were out in force in the city hunting down the suspects.

They gave no details about the target of the attack and there were varying reports. The Bild and Mitteldeutsche Zeitung newspapers reported the shooting took place near a synagogue. 

Wednesday marks Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, when Jews fast for more than 24 hours, seeking atonement.

Police officers climb a wall at the crime scene in Halle. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via Associated Press)

Police said shots were also fired in Landsberg, about 15 kilometres from Halle. It wasn’t clear whether that incident was related to the shooting in the city.

The railway station in Halle, a city of 240,000, was closed down as a precaution amid the police operation.

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