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Germany: Vigil held for Halle shooting victims

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Residents of the east German city of Halle lit candles and laid flowers at the market square as they held a vigil on Thursday to commemorate the victims of a shooting that took place near a synagogue and kebab shop the day before.

Locals can be seen praying and crying while paying their respects to the victims of the attack, and the Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt, Reiner Haseloff, can also be seen joining the crowd to lay a candle at the memorial.

Earlier on Wednesday, two people were killed after a man opened fire near a synagogue where the Jewish community was observing the holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. According to reports, one woman was shot dead outside the synagogue near a Jewish cemetery and one man killed in a nearby kebab shop.

A 27-year-old male named Stephan B. has been arrested, according to a spokesman for the German Federal Prosecutor. The attack appears to have been motivated by “extreme far-right and anti-Semitic” views, according to German reports. The suspect live-streamed the attack on Twitch, an online video-game platform, before being arrested.

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