Deadly 'Antisemitic' Shooting Live-Streamed On Twitch
Two people have been killed and two more severely injured in a shooting in the German city of Halle, in what has been described by officials as an antisemitic attack.
The attacks took place outside a synagogue and a kebab shop on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the calendar in Judaism.
The shooter, believed to be a 27-year-old male acting alone, was dressed in military-style clothing with a camera mounted to his helmet.
The attack was live-streamed on Twitch, Amazon's video gaming platform, in a chilling echo of the Christchurch terror attacks in March.
“Based on current information, we have to assume that it was at least an antisemitic attack,” Germany's interior minister Horst Seehofer said.
“According to the federal prosecutors’ office, there are enough indications that it was possibly a right-wing extremist motive. They have taken over the investigations.”
In the video, the man denies the Holocaust happened before launching into a misogynistic, antisemitic and xenophobic rant.
Halle Police urged the public not to share photos and videos of the attack circulating online.
A Twitch spokesperson said the platform "worked with urgency" to remove the content, and would permanently suspect any accounts found to be sharing content of "this abhorrent act".
A member of the Halle's local Jewish community told German publication DW the city had seen a number of antisemitic incidents.
"Like everywhere else, there were also anti-Semitic incidents in Halle, not as many as in bigger cities like Berlin, but things happened here, too — never life-threatening, but graffiti, shouting, some anti-Semitic demonstrations as there is a far-right scene in Halle of course," Igor Matviyets, 28, told the publication.
"I am shocked and don't know how I will feel in this city in the coming days and weeks."
There were up to 80 people worshippers were inside the synagogue at the time of the attack, The Independent reported.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson said she offered her "deepest condolences" to the families and community affected by the attack. She later attended a vigil with Berlin's Jewish community.
The investigation has now been turned over to Germany's federal public prosecutor.