Fatal German synagogue attack livestreamed

 

Footage from shooting attacks in the German city of Halle was livestreamed on Amazon's video gaming platform Twitch.

Two people were killed in the attacks on a synagogue and a kebab shop and one suspect was arrested.

A Twitch spokeswoman confirmed footage from Wednesday's attack was livestreamed before the content was removed.

"We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Germany today, and our deepest condolences go out to all those affected," Brielle Villablanca said on Wednesday.

"Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against hateful conduct, and any act of violence is taken extremely seriously. We worked with urgency to remove this content and will permanently suspend any accounts found to be posting or reposting content of this abhorrent act."

Twitch, which says it has 15 million daily users, is primarily a site where gamers can livestream their games and chat to other users, though it also has channels focused on sports, music and politics.

The violence occurred on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the calendar in Judaism.

An attacker wearing a steel helmet and boots placed homemade explosive devices in front of the synagogue on Wednesday afternoon and tried to enter it, security sources told German news agency dpa.

Several shots were fired.

A woman was shot dead outside the synagogue, the sources said.

Local media reported that shortly after the attacker failed to enter the synagogue, a grenade or an improvised explosive device was thrown into an adjacent Jewish cemetery.

A second victim - a man - was then killed at a nearby kebab shop, sources said.

A suspect has been arrested and police believe he was acting alone.

The attacker is believed to be a 27-year-old German man with an extreme-right background, security sources told dpa.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said it could be assumed that the events were "an anti-Semitic attack".

Seehofer also said it seemed likely the attack was motivated by right-wing extremism.

"According to the Federal Attorney General, there is sufficient evidence for a possible right-wing extremist background," he said in Berlin.

Police had warned the public to remain alert and stay indoors as other assailants may still be at large, but later lifted the alert.

Jewish community leader Max Privorotzki told Der Spiegel magazine there were between 70 and 80 worshippers inside the synagogue at the time of the attack.

Two people injured in the attack are being treated in Halle's University Hospital, spokesman Jens Mueller said.

"One patient has gunshot wounds and is currently undergoing an operation," Mueller said, declining to give details about the identity of those wounded.



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