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World German synagogue attack 'was far-right terror'

20:10  10 october  2019
20:10  10 october  2019 Source:   bbc.com

Shooting Kills 2 in Anti-Semitic Attack on German Synagogue

  Shooting Kills 2 in Anti-Semitic Attack on German Synagogue BERLIN — The police locked down the center of the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday, warning citizens to stay at home while they searched for attackers who fatally shot at least two people in broad daylight and tried to breach a guarded synagogue during services for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. At least two, possibly three, gunmen opened fire near the synagogue, federal prosecutors said, and the interior minister, Horst Seehofer, said at least one heavily armed attacker had “tried to force his way into a synagogue where some 80 people were inside.

A shooting at a synagogue in the German city of Halle on Wednesday was a far - right terror attack , said Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht. Alleged perpetrator Stephan Balliet had four kilos (9lb) of explosives in his car, Ms Lambrecht said in a statement with attorney-general Peter Frank.

A shooting at a synagogue in the German city of Halle on Monday was a far - right terror attack , said justice minister Christine Lambrecht. Alleged perpetrator Stephan Balliet had four kilos of explosives in his car, Ms. Lambrecht said in a joint statement with attorney-general Peter Frank.

A shooting at a synagogue in the German city of Halle on Monday was a far-right terror attack, said justice minister Christine Lambrecht.

a car parked on the side of a road: The suspect was filmed wearing a helmet and shooting in a street in Halle© Reuters The suspect was filmed wearing a helmet and shooting in a street in Halle

Alleged perpetrator Stephan Balliet had four kilos of explosives in his car, Ms. Lambrecht said in a joint statement with attorney-general Peter Frank.

The gunman was planning a "massacre", said Mr Frank said.

About 2,200 people watched a live stream he allegedly posted on the online streaming platform Twitch.

Synagogue attack sparks fear among Jews in Germany

  Synagogue attack sparks fear among Jews in Germany Synagogue attack sparks fear among Jews in GermanyThe news heightened fears of more anti-Semitic violence in a nation still scarred by the Holocaust and witnessing the rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Right-wing terrorism or far - right terrorism is terrorism that is motivated by a variety of different right-wing and far - right ideologies, most prominently by neo-Nazism, neo-fascism, ecofascism

German far - right group 'planned attacks on mosques'. The far - right Alternative for Germany (AfD) The Halle synagogue attack last October triggered calls for better police protection of Jewish sites Germany remains haunted by the reign of terror unleashed by Hitler's Nazi regime and their mass

Mr. Balliet, 27, who is due to appear in court on Thursday afternoon, is facing two counts of murder and nine counts of attempted murder, German media report.

German police have faced criticism in the wake of the attack from the nation's most prominent Jewish community group, which accused the force of "negligence".

The head of the Central Council of Jews said it was "scandalous" that police were not protecting the synagogue on the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday.

"If police had been stationed outside the synagogue, then this man could have been disarmed before he could attack the others," said the council's president, Josef Schuster, on Deutschlandfunk public radio.

In a tweet, Mr. Schuster added that it was "a miracle that there were no further casualties" during the incident at the city's synagogue. About 60 worshippers were at a Yom Kippur service at the time.

Germany shooting livestreamed despite efforts by tech firms

  Germany shooting livestreamed despite efforts by tech firms Just weeks after a broad effort announced by tech platforms to curb the spread of violent content, a video of Wednesday's deadly shooting in the German city of Halle was posted online where it may have been viewed by millions. The news come after the deadly New Zealand mosque shooting livestreamed on Facebook in March, which prompted governments to press social networks to prevent the airing of violent acts on their platforms. On September 23, Facebook announced additional efforts at the United Nations during a meeting with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has taken up the cause of fighting online extremism.

[Read: Following latest attack , Germans are told far - right terrorism is the number one threat.] He then drove to Halle’s Humboldt Street synagogue , showing the arsenal of weapons in his car. While trying unsuccessfully to enter the synagogue , which was locked, he fired at a woman passing by who

[Read: Following latest attack , Germans are told far - right terrorism is the number one threat.] Gun and hate speech laws were toughened in October after the failed synagogue attack . In the new case, the authorities said the extremist group was formed in September and had met several times to plan

The suspect is a German national.

a police car parked in front of a building: A 27-year-old suspect was arrested after two people were shot dead near a synagogue in Halle© Getty Images A 27-year-old suspect was arrested after two people were shot dead near a synagogue in Halle

The video - which was removed from Twitch - showed him making anti-Semitic and misogynistic comments before driving to the synagogue and shooting at its door.

After failing to get into the synagogue, he shot dead two people: a woman in a nearby street and a man inside a kebab shop about 500 meters (yards) away. Two people were also wounded by bullets and underwent surgery.

Reports said the gunman also tried to set off explosives at the synagogue.

Witnesses said he was heavily armed, and an online anti-Semitic "manifesto" attributed to him shows guns, apparently home-made.

Survivors said they hid behind the synagogue's heavy locked doors until police arrived, which took more than 10 minutes.

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"This case shows us how thinly spread the police cover is," Oliver Malchow, chairman of the GdP, told German broadcaster ZDF.

German president, at synagogue gunman attacked, says: "We must protect Jewish life"

  German president, at synagogue gunman attacked, says: Germans need to stand together against extremist violence and protect Jewish life, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday after visiting a synagogue where a gunman began an attack a day earlier in which he killed two people. © REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier holds flowers outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany October 10, 2019, after two people were killed in a shooting. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke "Today is a day of shame and disgrace," Steinmeier said outside the synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle.

A shooting at a synagogue in the German city of Halle on Monday was a far - right terror attack , said justice minister Christine Lambrecht. © Reuters The suspect was filmed wearing a helmet and shooting in a street in Halle. Alleged perpetrator Stephan Balliet had four kilos of explosives in his car, Ms

Online platforms scramble to remove terror attack videos. It comes amid a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in recent years, and a surge in support for far - right parties in the east Anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise in Germany . Earlier this year, German Jews were warned by a leading government

"While we're tackling terrorism we cannot at the same time involve many staff in monitoring far-right extremists," he added. "We didn't underestimate it, but we can't foresee everything and prevent it."

Authorities have noted a recent rise of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, a country that is still haunted by the murder of six million Jews under Nazi rule.

They provide varying degrees of protection to synagogues. But when this is not possible, local Jewish communities sometimes work with law enforcement to provide for their own security.

Since the shooting, police presence has been increased outside synagogues in several east German cities, including Leipzig and Dresden, according to local media.

The attack was condemned by European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At an event in Nuremberg, Ms Merkel said the government would use "all means available" to tackle hatred and bigotry.

Elsewhere, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the shooting as a "terror attack" and warned anti-Semitism was on the rise in Europe.

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