German synagogue massacre likely averted by locked and well-secured facility

Two Killed in Germany Shooting After Failed Attack on Synagogue
by Petra Sorge, Sara Germano and Bertrand Benoit
Oct. 9, 2019

Police said a woman had been shot dead on the street near the synagogue, as had a man in a kebab restaurant. A hospital spokesman said two people had been wounded during the incident and treated at Halle’s University Hospital. But a much larger death toll seemed to have been averted, according to the testimony of two witnesses who saw the attacker try and fail to gain access to the synagogue where members of Halle’s Jewish community gathered for Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. READ MORE SUBSCRIPTION CONTENT

TIMES OF ISRAEL German police confirm suspected gunman held in deadly attack targeting synagogue Jewish community leader Max Privorotzki, who was in the Halle synagogue, told Stuttgarter Zeitung of the harrowing minutes as the religious site came under assault…“We barricaded our doors from inside and waited for the police,” he said, adding that “in between, we carried on with our service.” Between 70 and 80 people were in the synagogue on a day when Jews around the world were marking one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar, Privorotzki said.

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