Gunman Kills Multiple People At Synagogue
At least two people have been killed in shootings at a number of locations in Germany, including near a synagogue in the city of Halle (Photo Courtesy: DW)

A gunman has killed two persons in Germany after attempting to enter a synagogue where many people were observing a Jewish holiday.

Concise News reports that the suspect live-streamed the attack on an online video-game platform before being apprehended.

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The video – now removed – showed him making anti-Semitic comments to camera before driving to a synagogue in Halle and shooting into its door.

Local police have arrested one person in connection with the incident but told people to “remain vigilant” on Wednesday afternoon.

The attacker attempted to break down the doors, at a nearby Turkish kebab shop and in a town about 10 miles away.

After failing to get in, the gunman shot dead two people nearby.

The suspect is a 27-year-old German who acted alone, according to local media.

“According to the federal prosecutor there are sufficient indications for a possible right-wing extremist motive,” German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said.

Speaking in English, the man called himself “anon” and announced himself as a Holocaust denier.

“Feminism is the cause of declining birth rates in the west, which acts as a scapegoat for mass immigration, and the root of all these problems is the Jew,” he continued, while filming himself in a car before starting the attack.

“According to initial information, two people have been killed in Halle,” a police spokesperson said.

“Several shots were fired. The alleged perpetrators are fleeing in a vehicle. We are asking the public to stay in their homes.”

The attack came during Yom Kippur, a Jewish religious festival that sees observers fast and pray to atone for sins.

Halle police later said they were investigating “further information from the public”.

Video footage showed a man wearing military-style clothing and a helmet mounted with a camera.

Germany’s federal public prosecutor has taken over the investigation into the case – a move commonly seen for suspected terror attacks.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a memorial vigil for the victims at Berlin’s main synagogue.

Meanwhile, a separate shooting was reported in the town of Landsberg, about a 20-minute drive from Halle.

The attack came two days after a hijacked lorry was rammed into cars in Limburg, near Frankfurt.

A 32-year-old Syrian man is accused of deliberately ploughing the vehicle into victims, who suffered minor injuries, and police are investigating the act.

German authorities have also been attempting to combat a resurgence of right-wing extremism in the country, which has seen synagogues firebombed and vandalised in recent years.

The country’s deadliest terror attack was at a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016, when a Tunisian migrant drove a stolen lorry into crowds and killed 12 people.